Thursday, September 30, 2010
Springbok Ryan Kankowski of the Sharks has been suspended for a week after he was found guilty of stamping a Lions player in their tense Currie Cup match in Johannesburg on Saturday. It looked out of character so theres been a few of you asking to see the clip.
The dynamic number eight seemingly lashed out at Lions loose forward Trevor Hall while Hall hung after clearing Kankowski out of the ruck.
Up and coming referee Jason Jhafta was advised by his touch judge, resulting in the yellow card. Kankowski was later cited for stamping an opponent under law 10.4 (b) following a Saru judicial hearing that took place via conference call.
He pleaded not guilty with his defence arguing that he was in the process of falling backwards off balance, which forced him to lift the one leg to regain it, then accidentally stepping on Halls midriff.
After considering relevant facts and video evidence, the disciplinary officer recommended a suspension of two weeks, but later reduced it to just one week, ruling that Kankowskis offence was not reckless, or malicious, but was done impulsively as a reaction.
He will miss the Sharks meeting with the Leopards this weekend.
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