‘Deysel not a dirty guy’
- 19 May 2014
Sharks director of rugby Jake White has refused to defend Jean Deysel's moment of madness in Christchurch, but maintains he is not a dirty player.
Deysel was red-carded after stamping on the head of Crusaders flank Jordan Taufua in the 16th minute of the match, which the Sharks went on to win 30-25.
'I can't stand here and protect a guy and condone that sort of thing,' White said. 'It's not like him, that's the thing I feel most embarrassed about.
'He's not a dirty guy, he's got an unbelievable record. He's a tough man carries the ball hard but I think he's as remorseful in the changing room as I would expect any player to be. It's not him.'
Meanwhile, Taufua says he has forgiven Deysel.
'He came up to me and apologised to me at the end and I just told him "no hard feelings mate, it's a contact sport",' Taufua told Fairfax Media. 'I think it was just a heat of the moment thing you know? I think he was trying to get back on his D-line and just reacted. I'm not angry at him or anything. I have got no grudge.'
Deysel has been cited for the incident and faces a Sanzar judicial hearing later in the week.
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