Higginbotham gets 2-match ban

October 22, 2012
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Qantas Wallabies forward, Scott Higginbotham, has this evening accepted a two week suspension on both counts after pleading guilty to two counts of striking All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw, with the knee and the head.

Higginbotham was cited twice under Law 10.4(a) Punching or Striking, with both incidents occurring in the 26th minute of Saturday night’s third and final Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.

Duty Judicial Officer, Jannie Lubbe SC, assessed the case and having reviewed the incident, the reports by the referee and Citing Commissioner as well as a medical report from the All Blacks team doctor and submissions by the legal representatives of the Player, Mr Lubbe SC concluded:

1.    Both incident are categorised as low entry level. The hitting with the knee was more of a bump than a hit. The head butt was reckless and not executed with much force. McCaw was not injured and play resumed.

2.    The Player has an exemplary disciplinary record and at the age of 26 it was his first appearance before a Judiciary.

3.    The Player pleaded guilty and placed on record that he and McCaw shook hands after the match and that there are no ill feelings.

As such Higginbotham has been suspended for two weeks on both counts from all forms of the game.

Mr Lubbe SC determined a sanction of two weeks on both counts to run concurrently, which was agreed upon by Higginbotham, to be appropriate.

To make the sanction effective Higginbotham will miss the next two Qantas Wallabies Test matches that will be played on 10 and 17 November.

Accordingly, Higginbotham is suspended from all forms of Rugby from 20 October up to and including 17 November.

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6 Comments

  1. avatar Craven says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    No word on Morne’s momentary loss of reason against Ludik on Saturday?

  2. avatar Morné says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Reply to Craven @ 1:45 pm:

    He has been cited.

  3. avatar Thomas_Bulls says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Reply to Craven @ 1:45 pm:

    Both him and Mellet have been cited and are to appear tomorrow at disciplinary hearings. Steyn had been cited for two separate offences. One is still unspecified.

  4. avatar Craven says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks. Very out of character from Morne.

  5. avatar Boertjie says:
    October 22nd, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Well, Higginbotham is going to miss
    the next two tests – I hope the same
    will apply to Morné Steyn.
    That may prevent another bad selection
    at 10.

  6. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    October 23rd, 2012 at 4:16 am

    He only got 2 weeks?? So a knee to the face and a head butt may be he got leniency like the Frenchie in RWC final cos Ritchie was breaking the law.

    2 weeks LOL

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