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Bulls Engels & Wasserman suspended, Elsom appeals

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Vodacom Blue Bulls players Jaco Engels and Johan Wasserman have been suspended after both were found guilty of striking an opponent during the Vodacom Super 14 match in Pretoria between the Bulls and the Waratahs on Saturday February 25.


Prop forward Engels was suspended for three weeks, while team-mate Wasserman was banned for two weeks for his part of an incident during the match.


The two players appeared earlier tonight before a SANZAR Disciplinary Committee, which comprised of Nape Dolamo (Chairman), Boela van der Merwe and advocate Max Baer.


Wasserman deliberated that he attempted to clean an opponent from a ruck. Whilst Engels admitted to the charge, he added that he sprung to the defence of his team-mate who at the time, was involved in a scuffle with an opponent on the ground.


After careful consideration of all the evidence, including clear video evidence of the incident, and submissions made on behalf of the players, the committee found that the two players were clearly guilty of the offence.


On Sunday the SANZAR Judiciary gave Waratahs flank Rocky Elsom a four-week ban whilst prop Matt Dunning was banned for a week for their respective part in the skirmish.


Elsom has subsequently filed an appeal for the penalty imposed against him.

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