Sharks lose Botha for three matches
NEWS: Sharks lock Ruan Botha has been suspended for three matches following a disciplinary hearing for a dangerous charge in the match between South Africa 'A' and the French Barbarians at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Friday.
Botha will miss the Sharks' clash against the Bulls this weekend. After the Durban side's bye on the weekend of July 8/9, he will also miss the match against the Lions on the weekend of July 15 as well as the first play-offs (quarterfinals) weekend (July 21 and 22).
Botha was red-carded for the incident in the 39th minute of the match, in which he "charged into ruck dangerously, leading with the arm and shoulder making contact with the opponent's face."
Botha admitted foul play and agreed that the issue of a red card was appropriate.
Judicial Officer Mike Hamlin of England ruled the transgression to be in the mid-range of seriousness, which carries a six-week suspension. However, because of Botha's good disciplinary record and other mitigating factors, the sanction was reduced by three weeks.
Taking into consideration that the Sharks have a bye on the weekend of 8/9 July, Botha is free to play again on 24 July.