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Whitelock charged following elbow incident

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/04/2017

Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock has been charged with striking by SANZAAR officials following an act of retaliation during their Super Rugby win over the Cheetahs.

All Blacks lock Whitelock was shown a yellow card after lashing out with his elbow at Cheetahs prop Charles Marais late in the 48-21 win in Bloemfontein.

Marais made contact with Whitelock when the Crusaders forward was in the air fielding a re-start in the 72nd minute.

The veteran lock responded with an elbow, appearing to graze Marais' face.

A SANZAAR citing commissioner deemed the act worthy of a red card.

A foul play review committee subsequently agreed the 28-year-old must answer a charge of striking another player with an elbow.

A judicial committee hearing will take place on Monday night (NZT).

The unbeaten Crusaders will face the Bulls in Pretoria next week.

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