Some quick deliberation by the officials saw the card brandished with referee Brendon Pickerill taking a zero-tolerance policy for the intentional strike.
Roach’s act contravened Law 9.12, a player must not physically abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to: Striking with the elbow.
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At the end of the match, Roach was seen approaching van Wyk to apologise.
Upon further review of the match footage, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the Red Card threshold for foul play under Law 9.17, a player must not tackle, charge, pull, push or grasp an opponent whose feet are off the ground.
Both cases will be adjudicated by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee, which will take place on Monday 16 March.
Super Rugby’s current suspension could impact the punishments, with the next four rounds of the competition called off at the very minimum.
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