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Rossouw blow for the Bulls

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The Bulls suffered a setback on Monday when their Springbok utility forward Danie Rossouw was suspended for a week, after being found guilty of foul play by a one man disciplinary committee at a disciplinary hearing in Johannesburg.

Rossouw was cited for a “spear tackle” on Justin Melck in the 41st minute of their 49-12 victory over the Stormers at the weekend. He was cited by commissioner Luvuyo Matsha for the incident.

He was penalized for this offence by referee Marius Jonker, but not carded.

The burly Bulls forward appeared before SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby) judicial officer Nape Dolamo at the Ellis Park Stadium offices in Johannesburg on Monday.

Dolamo said the citing was upheld because video evidence showed “conclusively” that Rossouw had tackled the Stormers number eight, Melck, in a dangerous manner.

The tackle was executed by Rossouw lifting both the player’s feet off the ground and driving him in such a way that Melck landed dangerously with his head and the top of his left shoulder on the ground.

Rossouw was found guilty of transgressing Law 10.4 (e) and was subsequently suspended for one week.

In imposing the sanction Dolamo said he took into consideration that Rossouw was not the only Bulls player involved during the incident. Video evidence showed his team mate Victor Matfield also tackled Melck at the same time.

Dolamo said he imposed a one week suspension after he took the following factors into consideration, that: Rossouw had completed nine (9) matches in the Super 14 competition without drawing a caution or being cited for foul play; the incident did not result in any injury to his opponent; another player was also involved in the incident.

Rossouw will miss the Bulls’ crucial Round 12 encounter with the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Pedrie Wannenburg looks the obvious choice to replace Rossouw in the starting line-up.

 

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