The utility forward was given a straight red during the weekend’s 29-18 Currie Cup victory over the Blue Bulls at Loftus for stepping onto home skipper Jono Ross’ face – an offence where the referees stated they “couldn’t determine intent”, but still decreed it was dangerous.
“It’s always a difficult thing. We’re a team that fully believe cards of any nature are unacceptable,” said Coetzee.
“We don’t condone any foul play. The crux of the matter is that if Michael gets cited and is found guilty, it’s a lesson we’ll need to learn as a team. We have a lot of youngsters in our ranks and they need the example of these situations that are dealt with properly.”
Ross himself believed there was no malicious intent involved.
“I know Michael personally, we’re good mates. I wouldn’t think he’d do that to me on purpose. That’s for the judicial officers to decide. But I don’t think there’s anything to it,” said Ross.
However, should Rhodes be ruled blameless, Coetzee felt Province could absorb another lesson – one that would epitomise a splendid performance.
“What we can also learn is how well we responded in a critical situation. We lost a second rower and there were actions we needed to take. We learnt how to respond and I though we did that very well.”