Golden Lions Under-21 lock JP du Preez was suspended for four weeks on Thursday for a dangerous tackle in their Absa Under-21 Championship clash against the Sharks at Ellis Park last Friday.
Du Preez dived over a ruck into Sharks scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer while the player was trying to grasp the ball and made contact with his neck area. As a result of the incident Ungerer was forced to leave the field in the 39th minute.
Du Preez received a yellow card for the incident and was later cited. He appeared before a SARU disciplinary committee in Johannesburg on Tuesday, with Advocate Louis Booyse serving as the judicial officer.
Booyse initially reserved his judgement, but he described the tackle as a mid-range offence in his judicial report on Thursday and suspended Du Preez for four weeks.
Du Preez will be eligible for selection on October 4.
The Golden Lions Rugby Union on Thursday indicated that they would appeal against the suspension.