Rhodes escapes SARU's choke

Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:17

Western Province and Stormers forward Michael Rhodes was cleared of further sanctions on Thursday, after being cited for a dangerous tackle in the Currie Cup Final against the Sharks in Cape Town last season.

Rhodes appeared before a South African Rugby Union judicial committee in Cape Town, following the postponement of his disciplinary hearing at the end of last season.

The player was cited for a tackle in the second half of the Currie Cup Final, when he placed his arm around Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis' neck in a choke-hold during a maul and maintained his grip.

This was in breach of law 10.4 (e) relating to dangerous tackling.

The presiding judicial officer, Donny Jacobs, was satisfied with the referee's decision to penalise the player during the match and felt that no further sanction was necessary.