Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Auckland outside backs Winston Stanley and Paul Williams were both cited following incidents on the weekend that took place during their 22-16 loss to Canterbury.
The two players appeared in front of a judicial committee on Wednesday, with the result being that Stanley escaped punishment, but fullback Williams was handed a one week suspension.
Williams was accused of charging an opponent without the ball, which resulted in only a penalty at the time, and Dan Carter spending a few dizzy moments on the floor.
Williams claimed that he was trying to avoid contact with the other Auckland player who was making the tackle, but judicial officer Bruce Squire upheld his own view that he considered contact with Carter resulted from a last minute decision to pull out of a tackle to which he was committed.
Squire judged that the contact was made at an unacceptably high level and that the degree of recklessness involved warranted a period of suspension.