Taione’s ban still six

Sharks flanker Epi Taione’s appeal against a six-week ban for a head-butt has been dismissed.

Taione was represented by Sharks CEO Brian van Zyl and commercial manager Rudolf Straeuli but their efforts to get the suspension reduced were fruitless. Taione will still be out for six weeks from the date of the offence, meaning he will only be available if the Sharks reach the play-offs.

The Sharks appealed on the basis that the six-week suspension was too harsh, that Taione should have been cited for dangerous charging (which carries a lesser penalty), and that the act was not intentional.

However, head of the appeal committee, Chris Morris, stated that after weighing up all the evidence and submissions, the committee found the initial judgement of six weeks regarding the charge as correct.