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Taqele Naiyaravoro banned for taking out Beauden Barrett in the air

Taqele Naiyaravoro banned for taking out Beauden Barrett in the air
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Giant Waratahs winger Taqele Naiyaravoro has been suspended for one week following the yellow card he received for a dangerous challenge against the Hurricanes. When compared with recent incidents, Naiyaravoro was lucky that Beauden Barrett landed the way he did.

Referee Chris Pollock awarded a yellow card for the challenge but the match citing commissioner reviewed the footage and in his opinion, deemed the incident to have met the red card threshold for foul play.

In the disciplinary hearing SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert Stezner SC accepted a guilty plea from Naiyaravoro, who contravened Law 10.4 (i) Tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling an Opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play.

In his finding, Stelzner 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, I upheld the citing under Law 10.4 (i) Tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling an Opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play.

“With respect to sanction I deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of 3 weeks.

“There were no aggravating factors.

“As to mitigation, I took into account the Player’s good record, his early guilty plea, the circumstances of the incident itself – including the fact that it was unintentional, the player’s clear remorse, his opponent’s apparent acceptance of these facts and what would otherwise have been a disproportionate sanction to the level of offending.

“I considered a reduction of two weeks to be appropriate, making a suspension from all rugby for one week, up to and including Saturday 16 July 2016.”

Naiyaravoro has been suspended from all forms of the game for 1 week.

7 Comments

  • tavish
    1:01 AM 27/07/2016

    He did exactly the same thing when playing for Glasgow Warriors, in his first appearance I think, albeit without the 1-week ban.

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  • drg
    1:07 PM 13/07/2016

    If I'm honest, this looked to me like a brain fart decision... 1. He identified Barrett. 2. Saw Barrett Jump. 3. One part of his brain said to the other "he's in the air don't tackle him". 4. The other part of his brain was half asleep and all it heard was the end of the sentence which was "...tackle him".. 5. Body responded. 6. Instantly first part of brain said to other "You idiot, I said DON'T tackle him". 7. Other part of the brain went "oh ****, lie on the ground and look apologetic"

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  • drg
    1:04 PM 13/07/2016

    Maybe Dan can help us out on this, but isn't that a sort of oxymoron... reckless intent... Reckless, I believe is doing something without any consideration for the outcome, so a snap action... Intent is a pre-planned, or purposely doing something....so can you really be purposely reckless?

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  • alasdairduncan3
    9:14 PM 12/07/2016

    I don't think I've seen a clearer or more obvious reckless intent.

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  • alasdairduncan3
    9:13 PM 12/07/2016

    He isn't even committed to the tackle until he sees Barrett's feet, then he goes in with the most reckless and dangerous possible action. 1 week is unbeleivable.

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  • dancarter
    6:11 PM 12/07/2016

    Sadly I think it will take a serious injury before these kind of challenges are given automatic red cards. I don't understand how he can blatantly take Barrett out in the air with no attempt to compete or catch the ball and only get a yellow card. If Barrett landed a few inches the other way it could have been a career ending injury.

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  • welshosprey
    11:28 AM 12/07/2016

    lol how can that not be a red?

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