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SANZAAR’s judiciary have come down hard on New Zealand’s Super Rugby Pacific teams with Crusaders skipper and second-row Scott Barrett, Hurricanes hooker Asafo Aumua and Highlanders lock Josh Dickson all receiving suspensions for foul play.
Barrett was suspended for four weeks after he received a red card for a dangerous hit on Alex Hodgman early in the second half during the Crusaders‘ narrow loss to the Blues in Christchurch on Friday.
Banned for similar offence in 2019
After receiving a suspension for a similar offence during an All Blacks v Wallabies game in Perth in 2019, he could not receive the usual discount on mid-range offences, suspended for four matches.
“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Aaron Lloyd, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the Red Card under Law 9.13,” SANZAAR said in a statement.
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks due to the World Rugby instructions that dictate any incident of foul play involving contact with the head must start at a mid-range level.
“Taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s acceptance of foul play, his expressed remorse and pleading guilty at the first available opportunity, the Judicial Committee reduced the suspension to four weeks. The Player was not entitled to the full 50% reduction due to a prior similar offence.
“The player is therefore suspended for four weeks, up to and including 13 May 2022.”
That means Barrett will be sidelined for the Crusaders’ entire Super Rugby Pacific tour of Australia. He will miss their encounter against the Rebels in Melbourne on Sunday as well as matches against the Waratahs, Western Force and Brumbies.
Meanwhile, Aumua and Dickson received three-match bans for their illegal tackles as the Hurricanes edged out the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday.
Dickson was red-carded for his offence on Tevita Mafileo in the 19th minute while Aumua was not originally punished for his high cleanout on Gareth Evans, which resulted in Evans being forced off the field.
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks due to the World Rugby instructions that dictate any incident of foul play involving contact with the head must start at a mid-range level,” added SANZAAR on those two incidents.
“Taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s clean judicial record and his acceptance of guilt at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to three weeks.”
“The Player(s) was informed of his ability to apply for the Head Contact Process Coaching Intervention. Any player who has a citing or red card upheld by a disciplinary panel for foul play involving the Head Contact Process may apply to have the final week of their sanction substituted by undertaking a coaching intervention that specifically addresses the technical tackle/contact technique-error that caused or contributed to the foul play.
“This intervention will be overseen by the World Rugby Coaching Intervention Expert Review Panel – a panel of expert independent coaches – and is only be available to first time offenders.”
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