Cape Town – In a string of events hardly believable, Bulls prostitute Schalk Brits was given a Four weeks ban after his red card against the sharks in Durban on Saturday.
Earlier on Monday, it was confirmed that Sharks hooker Akker van der Merwe had received a THREE-week suspension for his role in the fray.
While both players were caught in the camera throwing punches, Van der Merwe was clearly the instigator with a butt, followed by a series of punches landed on the British's head.
The Englishmen, who have an exemplary disciplinary record, had the decency to apologize to the referee and his team mates, while Van der Merwe was already halfway to the locker room when he saw his red card (see the 3:00 mark on the video below) ).
A Bulls representative confirmed Sport24 that the audience of the Brits' SANZAAR Foul Play Committee took place on Monday morning and that the result was a four-week ban.
This committee included Adam Casselden SC (president), Eroni Clarke and former Springbok Stefan Terblanche.
According to reports, Blue Bulls Rugby Union president Willem Strauss was outraged by the sanction, sending a message to a WhatsApp group that read: "Schalk 4 weeks, Akker 3 weeks – absolutely ridiculous."
SANZAAR's decision will undoubtedly further frustrate and disconcert supporters who have lost confidence in the administrative body in recent times.
The Bulls were understandably quick to appeal the ruling and the hearing will be on Tuesday at 7am South Africa time, in front of a new three-person judicial committee, Helen Morgan (president), David Croft and the former – Springbok agent, Lawrence Sephaka.
A little confused is the fact that the British should be banned for four weeks, he will only lose three matches – at home against the Jaguars (Saturday, April 6) and Reds (Saturday, April 13) and away to the Stormers (Saturday, April 27) – as the Bulls will enjoy a bye on the Easter weekend of April 19th.
Although Van der Merwe's ban seems shorter in the week, he will also lose three games – against the Lions in Johannesburg (Friday, April 5), the Jaguars at home (Saturday, April 13) and the Reds home, Friday, April 19).