The 23-year-old Louw received a yellow card for his actions.

Upon further investigation the Citing Commissioner deemed that it should have been a red card.

Louw is alleged to have contravened Law 9.11:Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others and Law 9.13: A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.

The case is to be considered in the first instance by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee which will take place on Monday, March 25th via video-conference.

The other Sharks centre, Jeremy Ward, was banned for five matches after a dangerous tackle of Bulls winger Rosko Specman. This incident occurred on the 9th of March.

Meanwhile the Stormers are struggling with injuries.

Lock JD Shickerling picked up a shoulder injury during their loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday.

“JD has a shoulder that he’s trying to look after. We were aware of it, but it’s just one of those things that we need to manage,” Assistant Coach Russel Winter said.

Salmaan Moerat was Schickerling’s replacement, but he also didn’t finished the match due to a head injury.

Loose forward replacement Jaco Coetzee also picked up a head injury and had to leave the field.

“Salmaan and Jaco left the field because of concussion. We’ll give them a chance until Thursday to see if they can recover through the week, but that depends on the protocol,” said Winter.

The good news for the Stormers is that lock Eben Etzebeth should be available for the clash against the Blues this Saturday.

He failed a last minute concussion test before the Hurricanes match and had to be withdrawn.

“Eben looks like he is recovering and doing quite well,” Winter said from New Zealand on Monday.

“Unfortunately he didn’t pass his concussion test last week so he had to continue with the protocol this week.

“It’s looking quite positive for him and we’re hoping that by Thursday he will be cleared.”


Written by Carl Coertzen

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