Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby captain Scott Higginbotham will miss his team's final regular season match against the Bulls in Pretoria after being suspended for one week by a SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer.
According to the SANZAR Judicial Rules, Higginbotham was required to face a hearing after being shown a third yellow card in the 2014 Super Rugby season.
A player who has received three yellow cards (whether on or off field, or any combination thereof) arising from matches in the same Super Rugby competition shall be required to appear before the Duty Judicial Officer appointed for the match during which he last offended.
At the same time as notification of the details of his hearing pursuant to Rule 4.1, the player shall be sent copies of the match officials' reports in relation to each incident and be advised that the purpose of the hearing before the Duty Judicial Officer is to consider the circumstances in which each yellow card was imposed and determine whether any further penalty should be imposed on him by reason of his persistent foul play.
Higginbotham will miss the Rebels' final fixture of the 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby season, returning to Melbourne prior to the Bulls match this Friday night at Loftus Versfeld.
All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.
Player: Scott Higginbotham
Position: Number 8
Date of Yellow Card Incidents:
Round 9: Chiefs v Rebels, 12 April 2014
Round 14: Reds v Rebels, 17 May 2014
Round 18: Lions v Rebels, 4 July 2014