Rossouw cops one week suspension
April 16, 2007

Bulls flank forward Danie Rossouw has been suspended for one week after a SANZAR judicial hearing found him guilty of committing a dangerous tackle in the Super 14 match against the Stormers at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Rossouw appeared earlier this evening before SANZAR Judicial Officer Nape Dolamo at the Ellis Park Stadium offices in Johannesburg after he was cited by Citing Commissioner Luvuyo Matsha.

Mr. Dolamo said the citing was upheld because video evidence showed conclusively that Rossouw had tackled Stormers eightman Justin Melck in a dangerous manner. The tackle was executed by Rossouw lifting both the player's feet off the ground and driving him in such a way that Melck landed dangerously with his head and the top of his left shoulder on the ground.

In imposing the sanction he took into consideration that Rossouw was not the only Bulls player involved during the incident. Video evidence showed his team mate Victor Matfield also tackled Melck at the same time.

Rossouw was found guilty of transgressing Law 10.4 (e) of the IRB Laws of the Game Rugby Union 2007. The incident happened in the 41st minute.

Dolamo said he imposed a one week suspension after he took the following factors into consideration, that: Rossouw had completed nine (9) matches in the Vodacom Super 14 competition without drawing a caution or being cited for foul play; the incident did not result in any injury to his opponent; another player was also involved in the incident.

Rossouw was represented by his attorney Adriaan Venter and Vodacom Bulls Team Manager Wynie Strydom.

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