Butch cops four weeks
Sharks fly-half Butch James has been suspended for a month after pleading guilty to making a dangerous tackle against the Bulls on Saturday.
James had been citing for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling after catching Bulls full-back Jurgen Visser around the neck during Saturday's Super Rugby clash at Loftus Versfeld.
The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe accepted a guilty plea from the former Springbok pivot.
James has been suspended from all forms of the game for four weeks.
In his finding, Lubbe ruled the following:
"After careful consideration was given to the video evidence of the incident, the citing report, the report of the referee, the previous disciplinary record of the player and his playing commitments in the future, a teleconference was held where his representative Mr Rudolf Straeuli of the Sharks made submissions on behalf of the player.
"The Sharks team manager: Trevor Barnes was also in attendance on the call. Lubbe determined that the player should be suspended for a period of four (4) weeks from 6 July up to and including 4 August 2013. The sanction was offered to the player who accepted the proposed sanction. The player was accordingly suspended from all rugby from 6 July to 4 August 2013."