Snyman cops four-week ban

Bulls lock RG Snyman has been suspended for four weeks after being red-carded against the Highlanders at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Snyman was sent off in the 72nd minute of the Super Rugby match after a dangerous shoulder charge on Highlanders prop Greg Pleasants-Tate at a ruck.

The lock was charged with contravening Law 10.4(h) A Player must not charge into a ruck or maul, to which he pleaded guilty. 

The Sanzaar judicial committee on Tuesday confirmed that Snyman has been suspended from all forms of the game for four weeks, up to and including Friday, 9 June, which will see him miss the Bulls' matches against the Lions and Hurricanes. 

'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, Marius Botha, the foul play review committee upheld the citing under Law 10.4(h).

'With respect to sanction the foul play review committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks primarily due to the dangerous nature of the act and the direct contact with the opponent's head. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player's good judicial record and early guilty plea, the foul play review committee reduced the suspension to four weeks.'

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