Sharks number eight Ryan Kankowski has been suspended from all forms of rugby for one week following a disciplinary hearing.
Kankowski was cited after stamping on Lions flanker Trevor Hall.Referee Jason Jaftha penalized Kankowski with a yellow card after the incident was flagged by the assistant referee Christie du Preez.
Kankowski pleaded not guilty. His defence argued that he was in the process of falling backwards which forced him to lift one leg to regain his balance and that resulted in him placing his foot on his opponent as he regained his balance.
A suspension of two weeks was recommended, but a ruling of one week was decided after ruling the Kankowski was impulsive in his behaviour and not reckless.
The updated team sheet for Friday night’s match against the Leopards is as follows:
15. Louis Ludik 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. Andries Strauss 12. Riaan Swanepoel 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Andre Pretorius 9. Charl McLeod 8. Keegan Daniel (capt) 7. Willem Alberts 6. Jacques Botes 5. Gerhard Mostert 4. Steven Sykes 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Craig Burden 1. Eugene van Staden
Replacements 16. Kyle Cooper 17. Patric Cilliers 18. Anton Bresler 19. Michael Rhodes 20. Rory Kockott 21. Patrick Lambie 22. Luzuko Vulindlu