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Stormers Du Preez gets 6 weeks for Tip Tackle

The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC has accepted a guilty plea from Robert du Preez of the Stormers for contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackle, after he was cited following a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Du Preez has been suspended from all forms of the game for six weeks up to and including Sunday 2 August 2015.

The incident occurred in the 76th minute of the Super Rugby match between the Sharks and Stormers at Growthpoint KINGS PARK in Durban on 13 June 2015.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC assessed the case.

In his finding, Mr Hampton ruled the following:

“After initially reviewing the video footage, Citing Commissioner’s report and the sin bin report from the referee, I heard from the player, Robert du Preez to obtain his account of the incident. The player accepted that he was guilty of the cited offence and I then identified the various factors involved in the incident.

“I considered the incident had an entry point in the mid-range which starts at an eight-week suspension for lifting tackles. I then added two weeks as a deterrent to send a further message that this type of tackle cannot be tolerated in the game due to the risk it poses to players. There have been a number of decisions relating to lifting tackles this year with a deterrent increase of this size being added. A further increase in this level of deterrence may be required in the future as the additional two-week increase to sanction does not seem to be having the required effect of getting rid of these tackles.

“Mitigating factors included the player admitting guilt for the offence and demonstrating remorse for his actions at all times through the process. The player has a good disciplinary record and his youth along with inexperience were taken into account. These, among other factors, entitles the player to a 50 per cent reduction from the entry point, which results in a reduction of four-weeks and meaning a six-week sanction is to be imposed which was accepted by the player.

“I then considered the players’ upcoming schedule. The Stormers are playing in a Super Rugby Qualifier this weekend with their potential to play in the following two weeks determined by their results. If the Stormers were to be knocked out at any stage of the competition, the player would then be expected to resume playing for his club, Stellenbosch University, and preparing with the Western Province team for the upcoming pre-Currie Cup matches. I am satisfied on the materials presented to me that the missing of these games will have meaningful playing consequences for the player.

“The player’s schedule contains one bye weekend and as a result the actual suspension will run until after the player’s scheduled match on 1 August 2015.

“The player is accordingly found to have contravened Law 10.4 (j) and is suspended for six weeks up to and including Sunday 2 August 2015.”

 

 

Sharks Esterhuizen gets 4 weeks for Tip Tackle

The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC has accepted a guilty plea from Andre Esterhuizen of the Sharks for contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackle, after he was cited following a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Esterhuizen has been suspended from all forms of the game for four weeks up to and including Sunday 19 July 2015.

The incident occurred in the 10th minute of the Super Rugby match between the Sharks and Stormers at Growthpoint KINGS PARK in Durban on 13 June 2015.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC assessed the case.

In his finding, Mr Hampton ruled the following:

“I initially reviewed the video footage, the Citing Commissioner’s report and the reports from the referee and TMO. I established that the player, Andre Esterhuizen, accepted he was guilty of the cited offence and I then identified the various factors involved in the incident.

“I considered the incident had an entry point in the low end range which starts at a four-week suspension for lifting tackles. It appeared from the video that the actions of the Sharks’ halfback had some effect on the Stormers’ player as he came to ground on his upper body. However, Esterhuizen was clearly the major contributor to this dangerous tackle, which he accepted.

“I then added two weeks as a deterrent to send a further message that this type of tackle cannot be tolerated in the game due to the risk it poses to players. There have been a number of decisions relating to lifting tackles this year with a deterrent increase of this size being added. An increase to this level of deterrent may be required in the future as the additional two-week increase to sanction does not seem to be having the required effect of getting rid of these tackles.

“Mitigating factors included the player admitting his guilt for the offence, being contrite for his actions and apologising to the tackled player. His good disciplinary record and youth were also taken into account. These mitigating factors entitled the player to a 50 per cent reduction of the four week entry point, so a reduction of two weeks, which resulted in a four-week sanction.

“The Sharks’ Super Rugby season is finished for 2015 and as such, the player’s commitments are now to his club, Varsity College Old Boys. I was provided with written confirmation that the club’s next three matches, in which the player would have played, take place over the next four weeks, plus a compulsory pre-Currie Cup match that the player would have been expected to play in for the Sharks.

Sonny Bill Williams gets off with a warning

“The player is accordingly found to have contravened Law 10.4 (j) and is suspended up to and including Sunday 19 July 2015.”

Sonny Bill Williams of the Chiefs has been issued with a Citing Commissioner Warning for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling, during a Super Rugby match at the weekend. The incident occurred in the 40th minute of the match between the Chiefs and Hurricanes played at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on 13 June 2015.  A Citing Commissioner Warning may be issued by the SANZAR Citing Commissioner for foul play incidents that are very close to, but in his opinion do not meet the red card threshold for citings. Upon further review of the match footage the Citing Commissioner deemed a Citing Commissioner Warning was appropriate.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Just love this from the Judicial Officer….great that yet again SA players are getting made an example and wonder why Esterhuizen was also not made an example….This is a joke!!!

    ““I considered the incident had an entry point in the mid-range which starts at an eight-week suspension for lifting tackles. I then added two weeks as a deterrent to send a further message that this type of tackle cannot be tolerated in the game due to the risk it poses to players.

  2. Fuckit you should have watched the two U20 semis… fuck me…

    They should change the tournament’s name to the refereeing world cup… and have the pklayers judge the referees after each game because fuck knows this is what it is…

    Points awarded for blindness, creative law interpretations, inconsistency and inventing new rules on the field….

  3. @DavidS: I gave up half way through could not watch the shit….so fed-up with referees that are so kak….

    I am busy losing my passion for the game

  4. I am happy you lads are never in Zim. We coach and we have refs undo all that work. Refs are useless humans!

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