Season over for banned Weeks

Date published: June 1 2015

Rebels prop Laurie Weeks has been handed a three-week suspension after pleading guilty to punching Sharks prop Jannie du Plessis.

Weeks was citing for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking, after he was sent off during the Super Rugby clash at Kings Park on Friday. 

Weeks has been suspended from all forms of the game for three weeks up to and including 20 June, meaning he will miss the Rebels remaining fixtures against the Bulls and the Force. 

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden found the incident to have a mid-range entry point which stipulates a five-week suspension. This was then reduced by two weeks due to Weeks' prompt admission of guilt, remorse for his actions and excellent disciplinary record.

"The applicable entry point for determining the seriousness of the offence was determined by the excessive overreaction of multiple strikes by the player when compared to the act that initially provoked him to commit the offence," ruled Casselden. 

"Looking at the player's schedule, the Rebels have two weeks of Super Rugby remaining before the end of the Regular Season and they are unable to make the Finals Series. I received formal notification from the Rebels and the player's club team in Melbourne, Southern Districts, that he was scheduled to play the following week. 

"After taking all these factors into consideration, I found that a suspension of three weeks was warranted for the offence which was accepted by the player."