19 May 2009

Bulls lock cleared for Super 14 semis

8:15 am on 19 May 2009

The Bulls lock Bakkies Botha will be available for Sunday morning's Super 14 rugby semi-final against the Crusaders in Pretoria after escaping punishment at a disciplinary hearing overnight.

Botha was cited for striking the Sharks number eight Ryan Kankowski in Durban last weekend, but the judicial officer ruled there was no intent by Botha to strike Kankowski, and the incident happened in front of the referee Craig Joubert who took no action.

The top qualifying Bulls now await the outcome of a hearing involving their centre JP Nel, who was cited for a high tackle during the same game.