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Hurricanes wing Kobus van Wyk handed suspension for dangerous tackle on Brad Weber

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Hurricanes wing Kobus van Wyk has been handed a three-week suspension by SANZAAR for a dangerous tackle against Brad Weber during his side’s 31-18 win over the Chiefs in Wellington last week.

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The 28-year-old South African was yellow carded by referee James Doleman for picking up and dumping Weber near the end of the first half.

Van Wyk was subsequently cited for his actions after it was alleged that he contravened Law 9.18: A player must not lift an opponent off the ground and drop or drive that player so that their head and/or upper body make contact with the ground.

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Following a hearing conducted on Thursday, van Wyk pleaded guilty to the contravention and was given a three-week suspension by the three-person judicial committee.

The judicial committee chairperson, Stephen Hardy, outlined that van Wyk’s indiscretion warranted a six-week suspension due to the recklessness of his offence.

However, van Wyk’s clean judicial record, early guilty plea and expression of genuine remorse resulted in his ban being cut back to three weeks.

“The Judicial Committee, having conducted a detailed review of all of the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Aaron Lloyd, and determined that the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of six weeks,” Hardy said in a statement.

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“This was primarily due to the reckless rather than intentional nature of the action which ultimately placed van Wyk’s opponent in a vulnerable position but which did not cause an injury to the opponent.

“When taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s clean judicial record and the fact the player pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity and demonstrated genuine remorse for his actions, the Judicial Committee reduced his suspension to three weeks.”

Van Wyk’s is likely to have little bearing on his Super Rugby future given that he will depart the club to join Leicester Tigers in the coming weeks, while the Hurricanes’ clash with the Highlanders on Saturday will be their final match of the season.

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Nice article, Brett, and good to be writing about a second win. I think Georgia will be far more testing. Tbh, I have not looked at their touring squad, but at full strength they are a far better and more dangerous team than they were at RWC France. They would have been disappointed they did not perform to full potential there. I think that the WB’s under Joe Schmidt have started soundly. Recovery from a serious setback always takes time. And the Jones era was that and more. I think the arrival of Les Kiss back to his native Qld. is a very positive factor, and the fact that he and Schmidt know each other well is a help. Players I think are much improved this year: Daugunu, who has blossomed with the Rebels, so credit to the coaching unit down there. Am pleased he will come back to the Reds. McReight is said to have put on up to 7 kgs since last season. His work rate has always been good, but it is his carrying into contact that has gone up. Now makes those critical one or two metres post contact very often. Is conceding fewer penalties now as his game matures. Rob Valetini was good last year, but is now a greater force this one. A really punishing ball carrier. Hunter Paisami is now a more controlled player. His carrying into contact is very impressive for an 80 kg man. Interestingly, if you saw Nick Bishops latest article, he has a team for RC with Kerevi at 12. Also Skelton in the team. Not sure if there will be o’seas players as early as RC though….but need them in by the EYOT games.

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