Tue, 19 Jan 2021

Bulls prop Jacques van Rooyen has received a one-week ban after receiving a red card in their 22-20 Currie Cup win over Western Province at Newlands.

Van Rooyen received his marching orders from referee AJ Jacobs after a late and dangerous hit on WP fullback Warrick Gelant in the 47th minute of the contest.

The 34-year-old appeared before an SA Rugby disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, where it was deemed that the tackle was an "entry-level" offence, with the ban therefore reduced from two weeks to one.

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Van Rooyen will subsequently miss the Bulls' match against the Cheetahs in Pretoria this Saturday.

Meanwhile, according to SuperSport.com, a separate referees meeting dealt with the way the incident was handled between Jacobs and television match official (TMO) Rasta Rasivhenge.

There was some confusion when Rasivhenge first suggested a yellow card, before the decision was changed to red.

Contributing to the confusion was the big screen at Newlands not being in use, which meant Jacobs could not review the incident himself and had to make his call based on TMO information.

With Van Rooyen out of the Cheetahs game, the Bulls have to choose between a fit-again Lizo Gqoboka and Gerhard Steenkamp.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

Source: News24

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