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Nel and Quinlan’s sentences upheld

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Super 14 on 21 May 2009 at 11:14
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JP Nel and Alan Quinlan have both been less than successful with their appeals.

Bulls centre JP Nel’s appeal against his four-weeks suspension has failed and he will therefore not play in Saturday’s Super 14 semifinal against Crusaders at Loftus or in the final the following week, should the Bulls win the semifinal.

Nel was suspended on Monday after a disciplinary hearing by SANZAR judicial officer Adv. Dekker Govender for a dangerous tackle on Sharks fullback Stefan Terblanche in last Saturday’s Super 14 match in Durban.

The appeal was heard via teleconference at 23:00 (SA time) on Wednesday by a SANZAR committee which included representatives from all three nations.

Meanwhile Alan Quinlan has lost his appeal against a 12-week ban for eye gouging and will miss the Lions tour of South Africa.

The 34-year-old Munster flanker was banned after making contact with Leinster lock Leo Cullen’s eye area in the Heineken Cup semifinals earlier this month.

Although the offense was deemed low range by an independent disciplinary committee last week, Quinlan will not be able to play until September.

An independent appeal committee ruled on Wednesday that Quinlan had not demonstrated that the original decision had been in error, or that it should be overturned or varied. It dismissed the appeal and upheld the suspension imposed on the player.

Quinlan was a member of the Ireland side that won the Six Nations title in March and captured its first Grand Slam since 1948. The Lions leave for South Africa for a three-Test series on Sunday and head coach Ian McGeechan now has to consider a replacement for the flanker.

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