Steyn banned for tip-tackle
Cape Town - A Sanzar appeals committee has suspended Sharks utility back Francois Steyn from all rugby for five weeks on Tuesday for his tip tackle on Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden.
The appeals committee was chaired by Terry Willis (Australia) and comprising Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand) and Robert Stelzner SC (South Africa), allowed the appeal by Sanzar against the verdict of a judicial hearing that cleared Steyn of the tackle.
The appeals committee unanimously upheld the appeal brought by Sanzar and found that Steyn breached Law 10.4 (j) and that the referee was correct to red card the player during the match between the Sharks and the Chiefs played at Kings Park in Durban on March 21.
The Committee determined that the relevant sanction was four matches.
After taking into consideration the Sharks' bye in Round 11, Steyn was suspended from all forms of the game up to and including May 3.
This means that Steyn will miss the Sharks’ matches against the Crusaders (Saturday, April 4), Lions (Saturday, April 11), Bulls (Saturday, April 18) and their opening tour match against the Highlanders (Saturday, May 1).