Bulls winger Bjorn Basson is free to continue playing Super Rugby after a SANZAR Judicial Hearing found him not guilty of a dangerous tackle.
Basson was cited for a tackle during the Sharks vs Bulls match in Durban on Patrick Lambie but a judicial hearing has found him not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j) Dangerous Tackling – Lifting Tackling.
The incident occurred in the 44th Minute of the match between the Bulls and Sharks at Kings Park, Durban on Saturday 25th May 2013.
The SANZAR Judicial Hearing was held via videoconference on Monday 27th May 2013.
SANZAR Judicial Officer Adam Casselden heard the case and was assisted by Former Professional Player Mike Mika. Stephan Weyers appeared for Mr Basson.
In his finding, Mr Casselden ruled the following,Having heard the evidence of the player and having watched the video footage a number of times of the incident I was not satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that Mr Basson was in breach of Law 10.4 (j) of the Laws of the Game."
"In forming this view I was ably assisted by Mike Mika who formed a similar view which was that I could not disregard the evidence of Mr Basson that he was trying to hold the tackled player up but lost control when he lost his grip. The citing was not upheld.