Blues flanker Luke Braid has been suspended for three weeks for striking Stormers player Nizaam Carr in their round four clash in Cape Town on Saturday morning.
Braid was cited for striking Carr twice, the first with his forearm to the back of the neck, and the second with a part-open hand to the head in the 62nd minute of the game.
Braid conceded the conduct was intentional, but explained it resulted from his frustration with the Stormers player and his belief that the player was infringing at a critical time (and place) in the match.
Braid accepted, however, that the conduct was inappropriate and he was remorseful.
The ban was reduced, from five weeks to three, due to Braid’s remorse and good record.
He will miss Friday night’s match against the Hurricanes and the Round 7 encounter with the Rebels in Melbourne.