Krige has central role in video nasty

By Wyn Griffiths
Friday 29 November 2002 01:00

Corne Krige, South Africa's captain, was highlighted last night as a major offender in the violence which scarred last weekend's Twickenham Test match between England and South Africa.

England inflicted a record 53-3 defeat on the Springboks, but numerous England players suffered from illegal South African tactics, including Neil Back (fractured cheekbone), Lewis Moody (shoulder) and Jason Robinson (ear).

Jonny Wilkinson also damaged his shoulder, although not in the incident when he was felled by Jannes Labuschagne's late shoulder-charge. The South Afrcan forward was sent off and subsequently banned for 23 days, while the match commissioner, the French lawyer Paul Mauriac, cited the full-back Werner Greeff for a high tackle on the England wing Phil Christophers. Greeff escaped disciplinary action.

A further investigation might now be warranted after Sky Sports last night screened graphic video evidence of Krige's tactics. On The Rugby Club he was shown punching Robinson and Wilkinson, butting Matt Dawson, leading with his shoulder into the centre Mike Tindall, while using studs on the prop Phil Vickery and attempting to punch Lawrence Dallaglio.

In one five-second period, Krige and Greeff were seen to take out Dawson, Dallaglio and Vickery, plus their own fly-half, Andre Pretorius.

Greeff was also captured using his knee on Dallaglio and the substitute scrum-half Andy Gomarsall, plus putting a stranglehold on Back. TheSpringboks centre Robbie Fleck was shown punching Ben Cohen.

Dan Luger is eager to return to the England team, and has set his sights on a Harlequins second team game on 16 December as the latest target in his comeback from injury. Luger, who has been out of top level action since late last season because of a serious knee injury, made a brief second team appearance earlier this month.

Dallaglio will miss Wasps' Premiership trip to Leeds on Sunday because of suspension. The former England and current Wasps captain must serve a one-match ban after collecting three yellow cards.

The Wasps director of rugby, Warren Gatland, has delayed naming his side for the game at Headingley, and his back-row resources could be stretched with the No 8, Peter Scrivener, nursing a calf injury and the flanker Joe Worsley still recovering from hamstring trouble.

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