Cell C Sharks Marius Louw has been suspended for 3 weeks after he excepted a guilty plea for contravening Law 9.13.
Law 9.13 state a player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.
Louw has been suspended from all forms of the game for 3 weeks, up to and including Saturday 13 April 2019.
The incident occurred in the 72nd minute of the match between the Sharks and Rebels played at Jonnsson Kings Park in Durban on 23 March 2019.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Adam Casselden SC (Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and Eroni Clarke assessed the case.
In his finding, Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Adam Casselden SC ruled the following:
“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Adrian Montzinger, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the citing under Law 9.13.”
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks due to World Rugby instructions that dictate any incident of foul play involving contact with the head must start at a mid-range level. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s good judicial record and the fact the Player has pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 3 weeks.”
“The player is therefore suspended for 3 weeks, up to and including Saturday 13 April 2019.