Steyn off the hook

29th Apr 2013, 14:02

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Not guilty: Francois Steyn

Not guilty: Francois Steyn

Sharks utility back Francois Steyn has been cleared to face the Highlanders after being found not guilty of alleged foul play.

Sharks utility back Francois Steyn has been cleared to face the Highlanders after being found not guilty of alleged foul play.

Steyn faced a SANZAR Judicial Hearing via video conference after he was cited following the Sharks' 37-29 defeat to the Chiefs over the weekend.

Steyn was accused of charging into Tim Nanai-Williams without using his arms during a ruck late in their game in Hamilton.

But having carefully considered the available evidence and the submissions of the legal representative of the Sharks, Jannie Lubbe SC concluded that it was not possible on the balance of probability that Steyn was in contravention of the laws.

"The incident happened right in front of the match referee, who awarded a penalty kick to the Sharks," Lubbe said in his finding.

"The legal representative of the Sharks, Gerrie Swart, made helpful submissions and took the judicial officer through the available video evidence to support the version of Steyn that he did not act in breach of Law 10.4 (h)."

Having carefully considered the available evidence and the submissions of Swart, Lubbe concluded that it was "not possible on the balance of probability" that Steyn acted in breach of Law 10.4 (h).