Cape Town – In a rare, credible sequence of events, t Bulls hooker Brits Schalk had a FOUR weeks a ban following his red card against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
Earlier on Monday it was confirmed that Sharks hooker Akker van der Merwe had been given a THREE week ban for his role in the change.
Although both players had been caught on camera throwing plates, Van der Merwe was clearly a spur with a front end, with a series of fists landed to the top of Brits.
Brits, who have an excellent disciplinary record, had an apology to the referee and friends while Van der Merwe was already halfway to the changing room when his red card was shown (see below for the red card). 3:00 in the video below). ).
A representative of Bulls confirmed Sport24 that the Satan Play Committee hearing was held on SANZAAR on Monday morning and the result was a four week ban.
That committee included Adam Casselden SC (chairman) as well as Eroni Clarke and before Springbok according to Stefan Terblanche.
According to reports, Rugby Union and Blue Rugby President, Willem Strauss, was punished on the penalty, sending a broadcast message on a WhatsApp group that read: “Schalk 4 weeks, Akker 3 weeks – is absolutely ridiculous.”
Certainly, the decision of SANZAAR will deter and confuse supporters who have lost faith in the governing body recently.
Understandably, the Bulls were quick to appeal against the decision and that hearing will take place on Tuesday at 7.00 am SA ahead of a new three-person judicial committee Helen Morgan (chair), David Croft and former -prop Springbok, Lawrence Sephaka.
It is somewhat confusing matters that if Brits are banned for four weeks, he will only lose three games – home against the Jaguares (Saturday, April 6) and Reds (Saturday, April 13) and to away to the Stormers (Saturday, April 27) – as the Bulls will enjoy a bue on Easter weekend 19/20 April.
Although Van der Merwe's ban seems shorter in terms of the week, he will also miss three games – against the Lions in Johannesburg (Friday 5 April), the Jaguares at home (Saturday, April 13) and Reds (home, Friday, April 19).