South Africa lock Flip van der Merwe cited for punching Joe Tomane
Last Updated: 30/09/13 10:14am
Flip Van der Merwe in action against Australia on Saturday
South Africa lock Flip van der Merwe could miss the Rugby Championship decider with New Zealand after being cited for punching Australia's Joe Tomane.
Van der Merwe was given a yellow card at the time by referee Jermoe Garces, but the citing commissioner deemed the offence to have been worthy of a red.
Van der Merwe is alleged to have contravened 'Law 10.4 (a) Punching or Striking'.
The citing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC.
If he is banned Van der Merwe will miss next week's showdown with the All Blacks at Ellis Park, when the Springboks need to win with a bonus point to claim the title.