The defending champion Bulls, who lost a second successive Super 14 match in going down 15-29 to the Sharks in Pretoria on Saturday, were dealt a double blow.
Rugby 365 reports that outside centre JP Nel and prop Jaco Engels were both cited for foul play after the Loftus Versfeld showdown.
Nel received a yellow card in the 69th minute, following a dangerous (spear) tackle on World Cup Springbok Frans Steyn.
Engels was cited because as a result of a punching Sharks captain Johann Muller – another World Cup Bok.
The hearings will in all likelihood take place in Pretoria on Monday.
The game was marked by a number of spiteful incidents – which saw three yellow cards issued.
Veteran Sharks and Bok lock Johan Ackermann, playing in his final Super 14 match before finally retiring, was yellow carded in the second minute for punching.
Bulls and World Cup-winning utility forward Danie Rossouw was carded in the 35th minute for repeated offences and a professional foul.
Nel was sent to the sin bin for that spear tackle on Steyn, while Engels’s transgression was not picked up by the match officials.
However, it was the loss of Nel that cost the Bulls most dearly.
They were leading 15-10 at that stage and in the 10 minutes he was off the field, the Sharks scored three tries to wrap the game up.
French international Frederic Michalak scored the first of those Sharks tries. After that Jacques Botes made a sniping break around the scrum to put Keegan Daniel away for the Sharks’ third try – the second during Nel’s absence – and Botes struck again in the 77th minute when he hacked the ball ahead to kill off the game as a contest.Tweet