WP No 8 Jebb Sinclair escaped without any punishment after a Saru disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, while flank Tyrone Holmes received a one-week ban.
Both players were red carded for punching during Province’s 43-27 defeat to the Sharks in Durban last Saturday. They were also cited for foul play and were expected to receive suspensions.
However, judicial officer Peter Ingwersen ruled that Sinclair was severely provoked as he was struck five times by his opponent with an open hand before he retaliated.
The original offence was classified as a ‘low-end contravention’, which carries a two-week ban as sanction, unless compelling on-field or off-field mitigating influences were found. Such features existed in this case and the sending off was considered to be sufficient punishment.
Sinclair will be available for WP’s Currie Cup game against Griquas this Saturday.
Meanwhile, Holmes was ruled to have been severely provoked but was never subjected to a physical attack, as in Sinclair’s case. It was decided that he would receive a one-week ban.