Amid speculation that Rory Kockott was facing sanctions so heavy that his career was in jeopardy, the former Sharks scrumhalf left a disciplinary hearing in Paris on Wednesday with nothing more than a three-week suspension.
Kockott, now feeding the scrum at Top 14 club Castres, was cited for eye gouging Munster fetcher Chris Cloete (formerly of the Southern Kings) in a Champions Cup clash on Saturday.
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Reports suggested that, if found guilty, the 32-year-old was facing a sentence ranging between 12 weeks and four years. In line with his playing style – though perhaps somewhat surprising to the disciplinary committee – Kockott took full responsibility for getting out of this sticky situation by pleading guilty to making contact with Cloete’s “eye area”.
Apparently influenced by his sparkling personality and ridiculous good looks, the committee decided that the incident warranted a red card, but they pegged the foul play at the low end of the scale. Cloete probably couldn’t believe his eye that a four-week suspension was then reduced by one week due to what was reported as Kockott’s “good conduct at the hearing”.
While the Selborne College old boy will be cleared to return to play on Monday, 7 January 2019, his reputation for dirty play will linger for longer.
— Staff Writer