Pivot pain for Sharks

Sharks flyhalf Guy Cronje has been found guilty of a dangerous tackle and suspended for a week.

Cronje was cited for a tackle in which he lifted a Boland player off the ground, tipped him sideways and then released him, after their match on Saturday.

He earned a yellow card for the tackle, but citing commissioner Edwin van Wyngaardt felt the offence deserved sterner punishment.

On Wednesday, judicial officer Dekker Govender slapped the 19-year-old with a ban that rules him out of the Currie Cup match against the Bulls at King’s Park on Friday.

The Sharks will now start with Monty Dumond at pivot. They were hoping to have Argentina star Juan Martin Hernandez available, but his arrival has been delayed because of red tape surrounding a work permit.

He is, however, likely to arrive in Durban late this week and should start against the Cheetahs next week.