ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

CITINGS: Shocking punch and dangerous clothesline both deemed red card worthy on eventful weekend

BY davidharper  ·  Monday Mar 25, 2019

Two separate incidents from the weekend have been cited by a SANZAAR disciplinary committee. Queensland Reds forward Angus Scott-Young is facing a lengthy ban after punching James Slipper and Sharks centre Marius Louw has been cited for his dangerous tackle on Tom English.

ADVERTISEMENT

*UPDATE BELOW

Citing committees have been busy all weekend. First, there was a bizarre biting incident in a Premiership match between Sale and Newcastle, with Sale hooker Rob Webber claiming he was bitten on the arm. Now, two Super Rugby clubs are set for a fair bit of bad news.

Late in the first half of the Reds’ 36-14 victory, Young entered a ruck and hit James Slipper in the back of the head with his fist. He then connected with his right knee for good measure.

Although he wasn’t caught at the time, he’s since been cited for contravening Law 9.12 which states “a player must not physically abuse anyone”.

A probably ban will mean he may miss the Reds’ South African tour.  He will go before a judicial hearing on Monday afternoon.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sharks centre Marius Louw has also found himself in hot water over this late and careless clothesline tackle on Tom English. It was not disimilar to Lloyd Johansson’s coat hanger tackle on Stirling Mortlock in 2007, albeit slightly less impactful.

He was yellow carded at the time.

Louw and the Sharks handed the Rebels another loss on their African tour, but it could prove costly as he too will face the SANZAAR committee.

*UPDATE:

Scott-Young was issued a warning but is free to play. Marius Louw has been suspended for three weeks. All details below.

ADVERTISEMENT

Angus Scott-Young

“Having conducted a detailed review of the available evidence, in particular a video showing a close up of the incident, and hearing from the player himself and considering submissions from his legal representative, Mark Martin QC, the Judicial Committee upheld the citing of an act of foul play under Law 9.12.”

“The Judicial Committee however found that the act of foul play did not meet the Red Card threshold due to amongst other factors the fact that the initial point of contact appeared to have been between the Player’s forearm and his opponent’s back / shoulder area, the resultant contact thereafter between the back of the Player’s closed fist and his opponent’s head was minimal / glancing and the Player’s explanation for the incident, including his attempt to protect his previously injured hand by closing his fist during the clean out, revealed absence of malicious intent.”

“It was determined that during the course of a legitimate, albeit clumsy, attempt to clean out his opponent, the back of the Player’s closed fist made contact with the back of his opponent’s head with minimal consequence. It was decided that while the citing was warranted in that there had been contact between the Player’s hand and the back of his opponent’s head which amounted to a striking of his opponent’s head, this was not intentional nor so reckless as to have warranted a Red Card on the field. As a result a Warning would be issued to the Player.”

“The player is free to resume playing immediately.”

Marius Louw

Louw has been suspended from all forms of the game for 3 weeks, up to and including Saturday 13 April 2019.

In his finding, Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Adam Casselden SC 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, Adrian Montzinger, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the citing under Law 9.13.”

“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 World Rugby instructions that dictate any incident of foul play involving contact with the head must start at a mid-range level. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s good judicial record and the fact the Player has pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 3 weeks.”

“The player is therefore suspended for 3 weeks, up to and including Saturday 13 April 2019.”

credit: foxsports/sanzaar

Comments




Related Articles

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji Drua player Lomani slapped with ban...

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations...

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    The dummy that sold the whole of Perth - including the cameraman

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Bayonne score 'one of the best tries you'll ever see' in latest match against Exeter

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Baloucoune shows Andy Farrell what he's missing as the winger tears through Harlequins defence

  • 31 WEEKS AGO

    Seriously impressive Courtney Lawes compilation released after England player calls time on international career

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Danny care binned for high tackle on Courtney Lawes

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Debate rages on after Maro Itoje sent to bin for high shot

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji Drua player Lomani slapped with ban following elbow attack

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations opener

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Danny care binned for high tackle on Courtney Lawes

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wild start at Twickenham as Quins pull off another wonder-try

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face France in thrilling encounter

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    '60 metres, plus change' - massive drop goal stuns fans

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Referee makes 'tackle of the season' as he gets too close to the action

View All

Funnies

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Nick David unexpectedly shows up to semi final in full kit

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The worst camera angle in rugby history

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Louis Rees-Zammit's real reason for NFL move exposed

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    George Ford falls victim to the kickers curse

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Awesome scenes as Blitzbok fan throws down at the HSBC SVNS

View All

Amateur

  • 72 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 72 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 95 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 95 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 96 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Toulouse player ratings: "Does this Dupont fella ever take a day off?"

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Saracens new flyhalf orchestrates incredible victory for Crusaders over the Blues

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Exclusive: Jack Clement highlights Gloucester's mindset heading into Challenge Cup final

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Former World Rugby Player of the Year on bench as Champions Cup final squads are announced

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Ellis Genge responds after being ruled out of summer tour

View All