SPRINGBOK coach Peter de Villiers defended flanker Schalk Burger yesterday after the player was banned for eye-gouging, saying it had been accidental and that rugby was bound to feature more knocks than ballet.
Burger was banned for eight weeks on Sunday for gouging the eyes of British and Irish Lions winger Luke Fitzgerald in the first minute of Saturday's second Test in Pretoria. Bok lock Bakkies Botha was banned for two weeks for a dangerous tackle.
De Villiers called Burger "an honourable man" who "won't ever do something like that". - Reuters