Kitshoff banned for Crusaders
Cape Town - A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Stormers prop Steven Kitshoff guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.
Kitshoff has been suspended for one week up to and including March 31, 2013.
The incident occurred in the 61st minute of the match between the Stormers and Brumbies at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
In his finding, Adam Casselden ruled that Kitshoff grasped Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua around the neck gripping him between both arms in a “headlock” and then brought him to ground, placing Toomua in a vulnerable position and at risk of serious injury.
Casselden found that such a tackle, which usually dictates a suspension of two weeks, was at the "low end".
After taking mitigating factors into account, he ruled that the two week entry point of suspension should be reduced to one week.
Kitshoff will as a result of his ban, miss the Stormers' next Super Rugby match against the Crusaders at Newlands on Saturday. Kick-off is at 19:10.Steven Kitshoff (right) was banned following this tackle on Brumbies No 10 Matt Toomua (Gallo Images)