Cape Town - Pukke have been found not guilty of fielding an ineligible player in this year's Varsity Cup.
prop Bart le Roux played 614 minutes of this year's campaign as a
first-year student, having represented the UKZN Impi in last year's
Varsity Shield as a first-year student.
The tournament rules state that a
player is only allowed to play as a first-year student in one campaign.
According to the SARugby mag website, Advocate
Stelzner SC, acting as the independent chairperson in the case,
released his findings on Friday, ruling in favour of Pukke.
The Varsity Cup Board will meet on Monday, May 30 to discuss the ruling and issue an official statement.
The Potchefstroom-based outfit claimed the trophy with a 7-6 win over Maties at the Danie Craven stadium on April 11 - almost seven weeks ago.
The Varsity Cup
board were in a difficult position as Varsity Shield side
UKZN were docked 12 log points for fielding a player - hooker Kerron van
Vuuren - who was previously a student at UJ. That cost the Impi a place
in this year's promotion-relegation match against UCT.
The Impi could now appeal that decision.