One-Sided Rulling

South African wing Jean de Villiers has been suspended for two weeks for a dangerous tackle during the Springboks’ 31-17 loss to New Zealand in their Tri-Nations test on Saturday.

De Villiers had been cited for an alleged lifting tackle on All Blacks winger Rene Ranger in the 27th minute of the match. He appeared in Wellington on Sunday before judicial officer Dennis Wheelahan, who found De Villiers guilty after he considered submissions from the player, his representatives and video evidence, governing body SANZAR said in a statement.

De Villiers was suspended until Aug. 1 and will miss the Springboks’ next Tri-Nations match against Australia next Saturday in Brisbane. He is the second Springboks player to be banned in this year’s competition. Lock Bakkies Botha was suspended for nine weeks after he admitted head butting All Blacks’ scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan in the 32-12 loss last week at Eden Park.

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