Six match Super Rugby ban for Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen

Esterhuizen's early dismissal left his side down at 14 men for more than an hour of the game and he was found guilty at a disciplinary hearing on Monday of a reckless challenge that "placed the opposing player in an extremely dangerous position".

The 23-year-old Esterhuizen was similarly suspended two years ago but what would have been an 11-week ban this time round was reduced to six due to a guilty plea, an on-field apology to the Rebels wing Sefa Naivalu and his conduct in the judicial process, said a Sanzaar statement.