Paul Willemse. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Photography)
Paul Willemse will miss France’s Six Countries title decider in opposition to Scotland in Paris on Friday after being given a two-sport ban following his crimson card in opposition to Wales final weekend.
2nd row Willemse saw crimson 13 minutes from time when, attempting to drag Wyn Jones away from a ruck, he grabbed the Wales prop around the abet of the high.
As Jones fell backward, Willemse’s fingers slid over his see.
He became as soon as sent off by English referee Luke Pearce on the Stade de France following a video review.
Wales, nonetheless, were therefore diminished to 13 males following two yellow cards and France came from within the abet of to decide on 32-30, with fullback Brice Dulin’s added-time are attempting sealing a lovely victory that denied the Welsh a Wide Slam.
A Six Countries assertion issued after a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday acknowledged Willemse well-liked he had committed an act of extreme play, in making contact with the see space.
However the disciplinary committee determined there became as soon as insufficient evidence that Willemse had made contact with the see itself.
They determined the 28-12 months-faded South Africa-born lock “had acted recklessly and no longer intentionally”.
As there became as soon as no evidence of damage to Jones, the committee chanced on the offence warranted a low-terminate entry level of four weeks.
But they sever the suspension in half of to two weeks after also taking into legend his responsible plea and remorse.
Willemse, who can charm the decision, has also been dominated out of Montpellier’s European Draw Cup tie with Glasgow and is free to play again from 5 April.
France must hang played their third-spherical tie in opposition to Scotland in Paris final month, however the match became as soon as postponed thanks to a Covid-19 outbreak within the French camp.
If France delight in a four-are attempting bonus-level victory over the Scots by a margin of no decrease than 21 aspects, they’ll decide on the 2021 Six Countries title.
Anything much less, and Wales will seemingly be topped champions.