Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen received a six-week ban on Monday from a Super Rugby judicial committee after committing a dangerous tackle at the weekend.

He was sent off during the first half of a 9-9 draw against the Melbourne Rebels in at Kings Park Stadium Durban for fouling Fijian Sefenaia Naivalu.

Esterhuizen grabbed the giant winger around the throat and flung him face-first to the ground at Kings Park stadium.

He misses games against the Jaguares, Western Force, Southern Kings, Sunwolves and the Stormers.

The Sharks do not play during the final week of his suspension.

Rebels skipper and scrum-half Nic Stirzaker, sent off in the same match after twice being yellow-carded for deliberate knock-downs, escaped further punishment.