Rebels lock banned for Basson bash

Rebels lock Ryan Jones was suspended for two weeks after his dangerous tackle on Bulls wing Bjorn Basson.

The incident happened in the 25th minute of the Bulls’ 41-35 win over the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday. Jones was yellow-carded for tipping Basson in the tackle, while referee Andrew Lees also issued a white card for the movement to be reviewed.

Jones was sited as a result and was found guilty at the disciplinary hearing by Sanzar judicial officer Mike Heron on Sunday. Heron acknowledged Jones’s clean record, guilty plea and his immediate concern for the uninjured Basson, and reduced what would have been a four-match ban.

Jones will miss the Rebels’ next two fixtures against the Crusaders and Force.