Sharks lock Etienne Oosthuizen has been banned for two weeks for striking an opponent during last weekend’s Super Rugby clash with the Reds in Brisbane.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee has accepted a guilty plea from Etienne Oosthuizen of the Sharks for contravening Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with a hand, arm or fist, after he was Cited during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend.
Oosthuizen has been suspended from all forms of the game for two weeks, up to and including March 10, 2017.
The incident occurred in the ninth minute of the match at Suncorp Stadium on February 24, 2017.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton(Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and John Langford assessed the case.
In his finding, Hampton ruled the following: "Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Attie Heyns, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the citing under Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with a hand, arm or fist.
"With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 4 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s good disciplinary record and early guilty plea the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 2 weeks."
"The player is therefore suspended for 2 weeks, up to and including the 10 March 2017.”