Very good......nice to see someone continuing the celery myth... :-)
"He and the Brumbies chose to defend it."
Not quite. As I mentioned above, there are two alternative options for the player and his club. Firstly plead guilty and then be told what your sanction is or secondly go to the judiciary and try to get off or minimise the sanction.
If SANZAR want more people to plead guilty, the player and club should at least know what sanction they are going to get.
The Brumbies did not appeal. They decided not to take an early guilty plea because they would not be told what the sanction was until after they had pleaded guilty. They obviously took the judiciary option to minimise the suspension as much as possible.