Brumbies superstar David Pocock will miss two crucial Super Rugby matches after pleading guilty to a neck grab.
The flanker on Tuesday accepted a three-week suspension for grasping Chiefs No.8 Michael Leitch at a maul late in his side’s loss at GIO Stadium on Saturday.
But with the Brumbies having a bye this round, Pocock will only sit out clashes with the NSW Waratahs at Allianz Stadium on April 16 and the Crusaders the following Sunday at home.
Pocock went unpunished in the match but was cited by SANZAAR early on Sunday morning.
Duty judicial officer Adam Cassleden accepted the Wallabies back-rower’s admission that he’d committed an act of foul play by dangerously holding a player without the ball.
He deemed the incident merited only a low-end sanction of two weeks, plus one week for aggravation.
“However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s early plea, his good character, his genuine remorse and his excellent disciplinary record I reduced the suspension to a period of two weeks,” Cassleden said in a statement.
“The player accepted my indication of sanction of two weeks, and is therefore suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including Sunday, 24 April, 2016.
“The player is free to resume playing on 25 April 2016.”
Pocock reportedly fronted the judiciary on Tuesday morning for less than an hour, but it took 10 hours of SANZAAR officials to finalise the wording of his suspension.
The Brumbies are equal on points with the Melbourne Rebels atop the Australian conference, but are ahead on points difference.
Their defeat to the Chiefs was their second of the season to go with four wins.