Castres’ Ryno Pieterse has been banned for 12 match weeks for *that* hit, reduced from 24 due to his clean record and acknowledgement of guilt.
Popular former referee Nigel Owens gave his take on the tackle, saying, “I never get involved in citing’s or length of ban conversations.”
“But this was as obvious a red card you will see and well done Romain, no TMO lengthy conversations. But it has to now be followed by a very very lengthy ban.”
There was little sympathy, in fact a lot of anger shown to South African lock after his disgraceful tackle on Maxime Lucu.
Pieterse was immediately shown a red card by referee Romain Poite, and the South African was sent to the stands with little to argue about.