Bulls' Basson off the hook
Cape Town - A SANZAR judicial hearing has found Bulls wing Bjorn Basson
not guilty of foul play after he was cited
following their 18-16 win over the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
Basson was alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (j) - Dangerous Tackling - when he lifted Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie
in a tackle in the 44th minute of the match.
The judicial hearing was held via videoconference on Monday. Judicial officer Adam Casselden heard the case and was assisted by former professional player Mike Mika, while Stephan Weyers appeared for Basson.GALLERY - Super Rugby - Round 15
In his finding, Casselden ruled the following:
"Having heard the evidence of the player and having watched the video footage a number of times of the incident I was not satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that Basson was in breach of Law 10.4 (j) of the laws of the game.
"In forming this view I was ably assisted by Mike Mika who formed a similar view which was that I could not disregard the evidence of Basson that he was trying to hold the tackled player (Lambie) up but lost control when he lost his grip. The citing was not upheld."
Basson is therefore allowed to face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.