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Strauss banned for Wales Tests

27th May 2014 10:26

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Suspended: Adriaan Strauss

Cheetahs and South Africa hooker Adriaan Strauss has been banned for three weeks for a tip-tackle, ruling him out of the Wales series.

The Sanzar duty judicial officer Adam Casselden has accepted a guilty plea from Strauss for contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackle, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Strauss has been suspended from all forms of the game for three weeks up to and including 21 June 2014.

The incident occurred in the 23rd minute of the match between the Stormers and Cheetahs at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

"After initially reviewing the video footage and Citing Commissioner's report, I heard submissions from the player's representatives, including his counsel Mr Stephan Weyers, and obtained their views of the incident. I then proceeded by establishing that the player accepted a breach for the cited offence and then identified the various factors involved in the incident," said Casselden

"I considered the incident had an entry point in the low end range which starts at a four-week suspension for lifting tackles. I then added two weeks as a deterrent to send a further message that this type of tackle cannot be tolerated in the game due to the risk it poses to players.

"I also considered the player's upcoming schedule of games as required under the IRB regulations. The Cheetahs have a bye according to this week's Super Rugby schedule and I have not seen any evidence that satisfies me that the player was scheduled to play rugby. This is followed by four South African Test matches scheduled to occur in the June international window.

"The player has consistently been a part of the Springbok match-day squad in recent seasons with 12 Tests to his name in 2013 as either the starting or reserve hooker and is named in the squad named for the June window.

"For this reason I consider the upcoming matches for South Africa against the World XV, Wales and Scotland as part of his upcoming schedule.

"Factors considered in mitigation included the player's excellent record extending over 33 Test matches for South Africa and over 100 Super Rugby matches, his good character and the player's early admission of guilt for the tackle and remorse shown for the incident, I reduced the six-week suspension to three weeks.

"Accordingly, the player is suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including Saturday 21 June 2014 which incorporates his next three scheduled matches.

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