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Stormers star Evan Roos. Photo: Planet Rugby/Twitter

VIDEO: Will Stormers star Roos be cited for this foul play?

A former Springbok has defended an act of foul play from Stormers star Evan Roos, but it remains to be seen if he will be cited.

Roos Stormers Springboks

Stormers star Evan Roos. Photo: Planet Rugby/Twitter

The Stormers managed to secure a 38-22 bonus-point win against Benetton in their final URC league match in Stellenbosch on Friday. However, in the first half, the hosts were reduced to 14 men when Stormers No 8 Evan Roos received a yellow card for shoving an opponent’s head into the turf.

Fortunately for the hosts, Benetton did not capitalise on their scoring chances while Roos was off the field, with the Cape side ultimately clinching a comprehensive win.

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After the game, the incident involving Roos was revisited on Twitter, though, with various social media users hitting out at the big No 8 for his ill-discipline.

During the altercation, Benetton flanker Manuel Zuliani could be seen gripping Stormers forward JJ Kotze around the neck, with Roos seemingly reacting to this as he drove the opposing player’s head into the turf.

Zuliani remained on the ground after the incident, and play was stopped before referee Hollie Davidson was notified of the incident by her TMO, but ultimately decided it was only worth a yellow card. Yet, there is a chance this act of foul play could be cited and lead to a further suspension.

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Yet, Roos did receive some support from former Springbok prop BJ Botha, who suggested he was helping his teammate out of a ‘chokehold’.

“Can’t comment on the past really but he’s a player that wears his heart on his sleeve and so emotions can overflow at times, nothing malicious I believe and just jumping in for his teammate,” Botha also added.

Let’s stay away from ref’s interpretation and sanctions because there are so many variables they “want” to find it, for me it’s clear he’s reacting to his teammate being taken down illegally around the neck, most players would do the same.”

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You can see the incident and reaction involving Roos below:

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