Scholtz ban blow for Kings

The Herald (South Africa) - - Sport - Ge­orge By­ron by­[email protected]­soblack­star.co.za

The Isuzu South­ern Kings have been dealt a heavy blow ahead of their Guin­ness PRO14 clash against the Chee­tahs at the Madibaz Sta­dium in Port El­iz­abeth on Fri­day.

Pow­er­house prop Pieter Scholtz has been handed a three-match ban for eye-goug­ing dur­ing the Kings’ 38-0 loss to Ed­in­burgh at Mur­ray­field last Satur­day,

Scholtz was re­ported by the cit­ing com­mis­sioner for al­leged in­fringe­ment of Law 9.12: “A player must not phys­i­cally abuse any­one. Phys­i­cal abuse in­cludes but is not lim­ited to, con­tact with eye area.”

The dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee deemed that the of­fence mer­ited a red card with a low-range en­try point of four weeks, re­duced to three weeks by mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors.

The dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee – Michael Cogh­lan (chair), Ge­orge Spotswood and Donal Court­ney (all Ire­land) – con­cluded that the player had com­mit­ted an act of foul play, of con­tact to the eye area.

This means Scholtz will be unavail­able for the two derby matches against the Chee­tahs and the home fix­ture against Ed­in­burgh in Port El­iz­abeth.

Apart from Scholtz, other doubt­ful starters for Fri­day’s clash are cen­tre Ter­tius Kruger (hand in­jury) and full­back Masixole Banda (leg).

Since his team’s re­turn from Scot­land, Kings head coach Deon Davids has been drilling his men for the muchan­tic­i­pated derby.

“We have had to be crit­i­cal of our own game after our first match of the year against Ed­in­burgh. We have a few things we need to work hard on ahead of the im­por­tant derby against the Chee­tahs,” he said.

“The Chee­tahs have had a good start with a win this past week­end over Ze­bre.

“They are a good side which we have to be well pre­pared for when we face them next week. We are ex­pect­ing a tough match against them which should live up to the tra­di­tional South African derby.”

Fri­day’s match kicks off at 7pm.

Pic­ture: MICHAEL SHEE­HAN/ GALLO IMAGES

BARRED FROM GAME: South­ern Kings prop Pieter Scholtz is out of Fri­day’s match against the Chee­tahs at the Madibaz Sta­dium fol­low­ing an eye-goug­ing in­ci­dent in the match against Ed­in­burgh

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