Sharks centre Marius Louw has received a three week ban after admitting to making a dangerous tackle.
Super Rugby organizers said that this type of foul play fall within the six week ban, but Louw’s quick admittance of guilt and his previous clean record all counted in his favor.
The incident occurred during their match on Saturday against the Melbourne Rebels in Durban.
This ban mean that the 23-year-old will miss the matches against the Bulls, Lions and Jaguares.
Andre Esterhuizen and Lukhanyo Am are the two starting centres, with Louw coming off the bench.
Meanwhile, the Bulls have been boosted by the news that Springbok number 8 Duane Vermeulen will be available for their clash against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
Springbok and Bulls supporters were worried when Vermeulen left the field against the Chiefs which looked like a serious knee injury.
But, according to team doctor Herman Rossouw, Vermeulen is fine.
“Duane left the field early in the first-half with a badly twisted knee,” Rossouw explained.
“Luckily this morning he is looking much better and he is already going to start training with the squad. He will be available for selection.”
Prop Dyan van der Westhuizen didn’t received good news.
“His knee is not looking that good. He went for a scan this morning and we are awaiting the final results,” Rossouw said.
Johnny Kotze is expected to be available for selection for this weekend while lock RG Snyman faces another week out and should be back for the April 6 fixture against the Jaguares at Loftus.
Written by Carl Coertzen
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