Schoolboys banned for abusing referee

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 25/07/2014

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Timaru Boys' High School has disciplined the two players involved in abusing a young referee in an under-14 1/2 game that involved two teams from the school.

Both also appeared at the South Canterbury Rugby Union judiciary, with the red carded player given an eight-week suspension and the yellow carded player two weeks.

Assistant coach Allan Judd received the longest suspension in South Canterbury rugby history for verbally abusing a referee, 12 weeks. After the hearing Judd remained unrepentant.

A second coach was also cited but there was insufficient evidence to support the charge but he has been removed from the team. Both have been replaced by Pleasant Point's senior coach Gavin Miller, who is a teacher at the school.

TBHS rector Nick McIvor said the team had been reset with new leadership and positive purpose to enjoy the rest of its season.

"The school is adhering to all sanctions applied by the SCRFU and will consider all 2015 coaching options later this year. The under-14 boys who were cited have been disciplined by the school."

McIvor said the school and its rugby community consider the matter over.

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- The Timaru Herald

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