Isuzu Southern Kings prop Pieter Scholtz has been given a four week ban after receiving a red card in his side’s PRO14 Rugby fixture against Edinburgh on 4 January this year.

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Scholtz connected with the throat in attempting to hand-off the tackler John Barclay and received a red card for the action, with the disciplinary hearing taking place in Neath via video conference.
The player was shown a red card by referee Joy Neville under Law 9.11 – A player must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others.

The Disciplinary Panel, comprising of Rhian Williams (Chair), Simon Thomas and Nigel Williams (all Wales) concluded that there was an act of foul play which merited a mid-range entry point due to contact with the neck / head area of his opponent. The Player’s previous record and behaviour during the process were considered and mitigation of 40% was applied.

As a result, Scholtz has been banned for a period of four weeks. He is free to play from midnight on Sunday 16th February 2020.

Barclay, retired from international rugby following the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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