No it is not April Fools day yet, we keep that specially for SARU when they hopefully announce the new man to coach the Springboks, but it might feels like it is after Chris Morris gave Josh Mann-Rea a one week suspension after striking a player multiple times on Saturday at Newlands.
The game of rugby is in serious trouble if a player can strike another player in the face multiple times and gets a one week suspension. How do any person justify striking a player not once, not twice but three times in the face and get away with a slap on the wrist?
Where is the welfare of the player in this?
It is unbelievable that a player can be suspended for a dangerous tackle that happens in the moment of the game for six weeks and longer but when a player clearly punch another in the face multiple times no one at SANZAAR seemed to think that it is dangerous. In the civil world the charge for someone doing that will be assault to do bodily harm, from the little I know about the law.
I would like to know what is the difference from striking a player to eye gouging? Both of these incidents is done to cause harm to another player.
TMO decisions, referee decisions have become a joke in recent weeks and now we can include the Judicial Officers as well in this years Super Rugby. SANZAAR need to sort this out or they will loose all credibility. Supporters are not stupid, all that this is doing, is drive more supporters away from the game because we have no consistency.
Chris Morris had this to say to justify his 1 week suspension.
The SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris has accepted a guilty plea from Josh Mann-Rea of the Brumbies for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking in an incident that occurred in the 63rd minute during the match between the Stormers and Brumbies at DHL Newlands on 19 March 2016.
Mann-Rea was red carded as a result of the incident. Mann-Rea has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week, up to and including Sunday 27 March 2016. SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris assessed the case.
In his finding, Morris ruled the following: “After initially reviewing the video footage, send off reports and other relevant materials, I heard from the player and his representatives.
The player accepted a breach of the punching and striking law and identified the various factors involved in the incident.
“I considered the incident and the submissions made by the players representatives and formed the view that the offence had an entry point in the low end range which starts at a two-week suspension. “I did not consider there to be any aggravating factors to take into account. I did take the player admitting guilt for the offence into account as a mitigating factor. This entitles the player up to a 50 per cent reduction in sanction which I applied.
This results in a one week suspension being imposed on the player. “The player is accordingly found to have contravened Law 10.4 (a) and is suspended for one week up to and including Sunday 27 March 2016.”
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