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Andre Esterhuizen red carded and banned for 6 weeks for dump on head

Andre Esterhuizen red carded and banned for 6 weeks for dump on head
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Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen was shown a straight red card for this nasty looking tackle during the dour 9-9 draw with the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday. Esterhuizen has since been suspended for 6 weeks, after it was ruled that he contravened Law 10.4(j).

Esterhuizen pleaded guilty to the charge, which specifically refers to ‘lifting a player from the ground and either dropping or driving that player’s head and/or upper body into the ground whilst the player’s feet are off the ground.’

In his finding, the Judicial Committee Chairman Michael Heron QC ruled the following:

“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, Thembelani Mayosi, the Judicial Committee accepted a guilty plea from the Player in respect of Law 10.4(j).”
 
“With respect to sanction the Judicial Committee deemed the act of foul merited a mid range entry point of 10 weeks. It was deemed to be reckless in nature and placed the opposing player in an extremely dangerous position.”
 
“In regards to aggravating factors, it was noted that the Player was suspended for a similar offence in 2015 and subsequently one week was added to the suspension period.

“However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s excellent conduct throughout the Judicial process, his on-field apology to the opposing player, his remorse and his early guilty plea, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 6 weeks.”

8 Comments

  • katman
    11:51 AM 30/04/2017

    At the risk of defending the indefensible... the tackle looked horrible, but he had the player around the chest area and at no point lifted his legs or hips to dump him. The whole "lifting beyond the horizontal" doesn't really seem appropriate here. I suspect he was nailed more for how the guy fell than for how he actually tackled.

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  • im1
    8:44 AM 30/04/2017

    No. Saeva doesn't lift. He just smashes through him, which takes him of the ground but is not a lift. And therefore can't be against the law. It doesn't even get as far as assessing the outcomes, which are different anyway as Saeva puts him mainly on his back rather than nexk

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  • 45678
    6:15 PM 28/04/2017

    The lift, the binding, the legs above the horizontal are both the same. Both land on the shoulder & neck area. There's probably just a couple of degrees difference which makes the esterhuizen one look a bit worse. The direction of tackle shouldn't make any difference. If you base this on outcome, then there is no difference between the two tackles.

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  • im1
    4:19 PM 28/04/2017

    or a few months at Her Majesty's pleasure

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  • drg
    8:45 AM 28/04/2017

    To be fair to 45678.... look at some of the tackles on Lions in that kiwi tour that Thomas was on.... we'd be screaming for life bans these days...

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  • im1
    8:30 AM 28/04/2017

    If you watch both videos and read the law then the differences are quite obvius

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  • 9:59 PM 27/04/2017

    ?? One is a dominant tackle going forward knocking the player off his feet, the other throwing a player over the shoulder (judo) and defender going backwards.

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  • 45678
    4:53 PM 27/04/2017

    Don't see a lot of difference between this and the savea tackle tbh

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