Bulls prop cops three-week ban for McKenzie shot
UPDATE: Bulls prop Conraad van Vuuren has received a three-week ban after a dangerous tackle on Chiefs fullback Damian McKenzie on Friday.
Van Vuuren was shown a yellow card in the 67th minute of his team’s 28-41 loss after delivering a late hit that caught McKenzie above the shoulders.
Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Nigel Hampton QC ruled the following: "Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including submissions from his legal representative, Adrian Montzinger, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the Citing under Law 9.13. This was an objectively dangerous tackle.
"With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks due to the lateness of the tackle and the player's direct contact to his opponent's head. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player's youth, his clean Judicial record and his guilty plea at the earliest possible opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to three weeks."
"The player is therefore suspended for three weeks, up to and including the Saturday, April 14, 2018."
Van Vuuren will miss the Bulls matches against Crusaders, Stormers and Sharks.