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Rugby | Vodacom Super Rugby

Naholo, Snyman suspended



The Highlanders' Waisake Naholo will miss Saturday's Super Rugby match against Western Force after the All Blacks winger received a one-week ban for a shoulder charge during their 17-10 win over the Vodacom Bulls.

The explosive Fijian-born flyer was red carded after clashing with Bulls inside centre Burger Odendaal in the second half of the match in Pretoria at the weekend.

The competition's foul play review committee downgraded a two-week penalty because of Naholo's clean record and early guilty plea, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Bulls were dealt a harsher blow, with their lock RG Snyman copping a four-week ban for a similar offence.

In Snyman's case the offence was deemed more serious.

"With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks primarily due to the dangerous nature of the act and the direct contact with the opponent's head. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player's good Judicial record and early guilty plea, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 4 weeks," the giverning body said in a statement.



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