Sale Sharks star Cobus Wiese copped a two week ban

Sale Sharks star Cobus Wiese. Photo: AP.

Sale Sharks’ South African import BANNED

Sale Sharks’ South African star Cobus Wiese banned following an act of foul play during their Champions Cup match against Toulouse.

Sale Sharks star Cobus Wiese copped a two week ban

Sale Sharks star Cobus Wiese. Photo: AP.

Sale Sharks star Cobus Wiese will be out of action for the next two weeks after he was suspended for an act of foul play during their Champions Cup match against Toulouse.

Wiese, who is the younger brother of Springbok Jasper Wiese and previously turned out for the Stormers, was sent off by the referee Mike Adamson in the 18th minute of the match for a dangerous clear out on Toulouse prop, Dorian Aldegheri.

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The South African player’s dangerous hit on Aldegheri is in contravention of Law 9.20.

Law 9.20 Dangerous play in a ruck or maul
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.20 relating to dangerous play in a ruck or maul carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.

SALE SHARKS STAR WIESE SAVED BY MITIGATING FACTORS:

“An independent disciplinary committee considered video imagery of the incident and heard submissions from Wiese, who accepted the red card decision, as well as from the Sale Sharks director of rugby and team manager Alex Sanderson and Scott Needham, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan,” an EPCR statement read.

“Following submissions, the committee upheld the red card decision, but decided that the incident should be considered as being in contravention of Law 9.20 (b) which refers to dangerous play at a ruck or maul when a player makes contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders.”

“It determined that Wiese entered the ruck dangerously making contact with Aldegheri above the line of the shoulders, that the offending was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions, and four weeks was selected as the appropriate entry point.”

“Due to the Wiese’s good disciplinary record and his guilty plea, it was decided to grant him the full 50% mitigation and the committee therefore reduced the sanction by two weeks before imposing a two-week suspension.”

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Wiese is free to play from Monday, 30 January 2023, however, if he applies for and successfully completes a World Rugby Coaching Intervention, he will be free to play on Monday, 23 January 2023.

Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

Sale Sharks player Cobus Wiese
Sale Sharks player Cobus Wiese. Photo: Getty Images.