Griquas lock Rory Arnold has been suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including 19 October 2013 after being found guilty of biting an opponent.
He appeared before a SARU disciplinary hearing in Cape Town on Tuesday and was found guilty on Wednesday of contravening Law 10.4(m) following a biting incident in the Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs last Saturday.
The seven-match ban means that Arnold will be unavailable for the rest of the Currie Cup and is the fifth casualty at lock for the Cape team.
Arnold pleaded not guilty to the charge and in his defence said that the downward pressure on his head, while trying to cross the try-line with his mouth open, had caused the marks on the arm of the Cheetahs player.
Sense prevailed as the Judicial Officer, Peter Ingwersen, found enough evidence to deem Arnold guilty.
In his findings Ingwersen found the victim's initial reaction was instructive due to his spontaneous response to withdraw his arm, complain to the Assistant Referee and then report the matter to the Referee.
According to the Judicial Officer, Arnold was found guilty and sanctioned "on the balance of probabilities and relying particularly on the victim's immediate and spontaneous reactions and the doctor's evidence."