The incident occurred in the 58th minute of the match, after Hardwick cleaned Schoeman out of a ruck that had already been secured, causing a minor scuffle that was escalated by Schoeman.
Upon further investigation of the incident, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the Red Card threshold for foul play.
Schoeman wasn’t penalised at the time of the incident, as referee Ben O’Keeffe assessed a penalty against Hardwick for his clearout that sparked the altercation between the pair.
Rebels captain Tom English appealed for O’Keeffe to look at the physical evidence on Hardwick’s stomach, but O’Keeffe stood firm with his initial call.
All SANZAAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to the Foul Play Review Committee to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.
For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the Foul Play Review Committee.
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