In a top-flight rugby match in France last weekend, Ryno Pieterse of the Castres Olympique team made a violent move that shocked the world of rugby. The South African charged head-on and at full speed at Union Bordeaux Bègles’ Maxime Lucu after he kicked the ball. The brutal and dangerous demolition earned him immediate expulsion for endangering the physical integrity of his rival, who had to be replaced.
At the end of the match, which ended in a draw, Lucu reassured the fans with a message on Twitter in which he assured that he was well. Pieterse also took to social media to apologize for what happened. According to local media, the Castres player risks a suspension of several weeks by the disciplinary committee.