Three-week ban for Mitchell
Highlanders hooker Brayden Mitchell has been banned for three weeks for a foul committed in Saturday's loss to the Stormers in Cape Town.
SANZAR Duty judicial officer Adam Casselden accepted a guilty plea from Mitchell for contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackle, after he was cited.
Mitchell has been suspended from all forms of the game for three weeks up to and including 24 May 2014.
The incident occurred in the 66th minute of the match, which the Stormers won 29-28, when he tackled Jaco Taute at Newlands Stadium.
In his finding, Casselden ruled the following: "After initially reviewing the video footage and Citing Commissioner's report, I heard submissions from the player's representatives, including his counsel Aaron Lloyd and obtained their views of the incident.
"I then proceeded by establishing that the player accepted a breach for the cited offence and then identified the various factors involved in the incident.
"I considered the incident had an entry point in the low end range which starts at a four week suspension.
"I then added two weeks as a deterrent to send a message that this type of offending cannot be tolerated in the game due to the risk it poses to players.
"Based on the guilty plea of the player indicating contrition for his action, acceptance of the indicated sanction and the player's excellent disciplinary record along with testament to his good character, a discount was given to bring the suspension to three weeks.
"The player is suspended up to and including Saturday 24 May 2014."