Super Rugby: Kobus van Wyk ends Hurricanes stint on sour note with three-week suspension
14 August, 2020, 3:23 pm
Hurricanes winger Kobus van Wyk will farewell Wellington with a three-week rugby suspension for flipping Chiefs halfback Brad Weber.
Van Wyk was handed the ban by a Sanzaar judicial committee on Thursday for the incident in the 37th minute of last Saturday’s 31-18 win by the Hurricanes in Wellington.
The South African speedster wasn’t selected for Saturday’s final match against the Highlanders anyway, with coach Jason Holland saying he had an ankle injury.
Van Wyk has signed with English club Leicester whose season resumes this weekend, and is sidelined by the ban until August 29. He and his wife and young child are said to be awaiting visas to process before they can leave for the UK.
Van Wyk was found guilty of contravening World Rugby Law 9.18: “A player must not lift an opponent off the ground and drop or drive that player so that their head and/or upper body make contact with the ground.”
At the time van Wyk was given a yellow card by referee James Doleman, which was upgraded to a red card by the citing commissioner after viewing match footage.
Van Wyk pleaded guilty at the judicial hearing, which was chaired by Stephen Hardy.
“The judicial committee, having conducted a detailed review of all of the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Aaron Lloyd, and determined that the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of six weeks,” it said in a statement.