CJ Stander will miss Ireland’s second Test against South Africa after he was handed a one-game ban for the red card he was shown in Saturday’s first Test.
Disciplinary officer Terry Willis chose to suspend the Munster flanker after a two-day hearing, reducing his two-week ban to one on account of his prior record.
Stander was dismissed following a collision with Springbok out-half Pat Lambie, who had to leave the field with concussion.
Lambie is also out of the Ellis Park clash as a result of his injuries and faces a race to be fit in time for a potential series decider in Port Elizabeth on Saturday week. Stander will be available for that final game.
Ireland will consider the written judgement before deciding whether to appeal the ruling.
They have 48 hours to make that call, but coach Joe Schmidt will not call up a replacement.
Meanwhile, South Africa have called Stade Francais fly-half Morne Steyn into their squad ahead of Saturday’s second Test.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee is expecting his team to bounce back from their shock 26-20 defeat to 14-man Ireland at Ellis Park in Johannesburg at the weekend.
The former Stormers supremo believes his side’s inaccuracy cost them the game against the Irish
He said his players were “embarrassed” by parts of the video review of the first Test and promised his side will tighten up their game-plan when the sides meet again on Saturday.
“What you shouldn’t be sucked into is the complete Super Rugby vibe, where it’s almost like a feel-good scenario where we keep ball in hand and run it from everywhere,” he said at a press conference on Monday morning.
“Sometimes it looks on, but it isn’t and you get shut down in your own half or you turn your own ball over in your own half.
“Test rugby is a little bit different, the players have a full understanding now about what Test rugby is about.
“All credit to the Irish, they really scrambled and they worked exceptionally hard when they were one guy short.
“But still, we allowed it to look really good.
“We need to really work on our execution, the big positive for me was the amount of opportunities we created.
“When we do the review today, the players will be in a way embarrassed to see that that’s what happened and that we couldn’t convert,” he added.