Sharks Mapimpi

Makazole Mapimpi of the Sharks. Photo: SA Rugby

Sharks update: When Mapimpi will hear fate over eye gouge citing

The Sharks will be desperately hoping wing Makazole Mapimpi is cleared of wrongdoing during a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

Sharks Mapimpi

Makazole Mapimpi of the Sharks. Photo: SA Rugby

Mapimpi will face a disciplinary hearing after a citing for an alleged eye gouge was made following the Sharks’ win over Bordeaux-Bègles in Durban. A complaint was made during the match, but no footage showed any clear incident.

However, the citing would seem to suggest more damning footage may have been found, with the Springboks superstar alleged to have made contact with the eye or eye area of the Bordeaux’s scrumhalf Maxime Lucu in the 36th minute of the match.

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Mapimpi still travelled with the Sharks squad for this Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash against Harlequins, but will have to face up to a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. Yet the ruling may only be shared publicly on Thursday morning.

Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.12 relating to contact with the eye or eye area carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 4 weeks; Mid-range: 8 weeks; Top end: 12 to 52 weeks.


Antony Davies (England), Chair, Leon Lloyd (England) and Donal Courtney (Ireland) have been appointed as the independent disciplinary committee for the hearing which will take place by video conference.

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The Sharks have travelled to England to take on Harlequins in their final Champions Cup pool match on Saturday afternoon.

This game kicks off at 3pm.


Backs — Aphelele Fassi, Ben Tapuai, Cameron Wright, Curwin Bosch, Grant Williams, Jaden Hendrikse, Lionel Cronje, Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, Marnus Potgieter, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Thaakir Abrahams.

Forwards — Carlu Sadie, Dan Jooste, Eben Etzebeth, Fez Mbatha, Gerbrandt Grobler, Hanru Jacobs, Hyron Andrews, Kerron van Vuuren, Ntuthuko Mchunu, Ox Nche, Phepsi Buthelezi, Reniel Hugo, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Siya Kolisi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Tshituka.

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Sharks hooker Bongi Mbonambi is an injury concern after he left the field during his side’s Heineken Champions Cup rout of Bordeaux Begles. Photo: PA.