19 May 2009

Win and a loss for the Bulls at Super 14 judiciary ahead of Crusaders encounter

5:15 pm on 19 May 2009

There's been a win and a loss for the Bulls at the Super 14 rugby judiciary ahead of their semi final against the Crusaders in Pretoria this weekend.

Centre JP Nel's been suspended for four weeks, after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle on Sharks fullback Stefan Terblanche during their match at the weekend.

The decision rules Nel out of all rugby until mid June, meaning he'll also miss the final should the Bulls qualify.

Lock Bakkies Botha will be available though after the Springbok interantional was cited for an open-hand slap on Sharks number eight Ryan Kankowski.

The referee took no action, but the incident was aired extensively on television, leaving Botha in danger of a second ban this season after recently returning from a three-week suspension.

But it was found there was no intent by Botha to strike Kankowski, clearing him to play this weekend.