Pukke may lose Varsity Cup crown

Pukke could be stripped of the Varsity Cup title for fielding an ineligible player throughout the season.

Tighthead prop Bart le Roux played 614 minutes of this year's campaign as a first-year student, having represented the UKZN Impi in last year's Varsity Shield as a first-year student. The tournament rules state that a player is only allowed to play as a first-year student in one campaign.

According to Netwerk24, the Varsity Cup auditors, KPMG, cleared Le Roux to play for Pukke this season. However, the tournament organisers set a precedent when UKZN were docked 12 log points for fielding a player, hooker Kerron van Vuuren, who was previously a student at UJ. That cost the Impi a place in the promotion-relegation match against UCT.

The Varsity Cup organisers are set to make a decision regarding Pukke on Saturday. If they are found guilty, they could be stripped of the title, with Maties (who lost 7-6 in the final) being crowned champions.

Pukke would have the right to appeal a guilty verdict.

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