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Monday Oct 10, 2016

Lood de Jager suspended after dangerous charge into Wyatt Crockett

Lood de Jager suspended after dangerous charge into Wyatt Crockett

Springbok lock Lood de Jager has been suspended for a week after he was yellow carded for charging into a ruck against the All Blacks during Saturday’s 57-15 humiliation in Durban. De Jager pleaded guilty to the offence in a disciplinary hearing.

Late in the game the big second rower flew into a ruck in an effort to clear Wyatt Crockett, but went in too high and made contact with the All Black’s head or face.

Referee Jerome Garces issued a yellow card, and in the eight minutes that followed, New Zealand added another twenty points to their emphatic total.

De Jager contravened Law 10.4 (h) A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without use of the arms, or without grasping a player

SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden SC ruled the following: 

“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence including submissions from his legal representative, I accepted the player’s admission that he had committed an act of foul play contrary to law 10.4(h).

“With respect to sanction I deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of two weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s early plea and his excellent disciplinary record I reduced the suspension to a period of one week.

“The player accepted my indication of sanction of one week, and is therefore suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including 5 November 2016 when he is next scheduled to play.  The player is free to resume playing from 6 November 2016.”

Was a yellow card sufficient or do you agree with a one match ban?

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