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Waisake Naholo and RG Snyman both banned after red cards for shoulders

Waisake Naholo and RG Snyman both banned after red cards for shoulders
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The Highlanders beat the Bulls 17-10 with a late try at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, but earlier in the match a player from each side was red card for two separate incidents. Both were similar in the fact that they were for dangerous shoulders, however.

Highlights winger Waisake Naholo first received his red card after he appeared to pull out of a tackle last minute, but made contact with his shoulder on Bulls centre Burger Odendaal.

Just eight minutes later, it was the Bulls who lost a player after lock RG Snyman flew into a ruck with no arms, and he too was sent from the field.

Naholo has since been banned for 1 week, while Snyman got a 4-week suspension.

WAISAKE NAHOLO RED CARD

In his SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee, Naholo pleaded guilty to contravening Law 10.4(g), Dangerous charging or obstructing or grabbing of an Opponent with or without the ball, including shouldering.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and Stephen Hardy assessed the case. In his finding, Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Nigel Hampton QC ruled the following:

“Having considered the Referee’s description of the incident and the available video footage, the Foul Play Review Committee amended the charge to Law 10.4(g). Having further considered all the evidence, including submissions from his legal representative, Aaron Lloyd, the Foul Play Review Committee found the Player’s actions to have breached the Red Card threshold.
 
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of 2 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s good Judicial record and early guilty plea, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 1 week.

“The player is therefore suspended for 1 week, up to and including Saturday 20 May 2017.”

RG SNYMAN RED CARD

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee accepted a guilty plea from RG Snyman for contravening Law 10.4(h), A Player must not charge into a ruck or maul.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and Stephen Hardy assessed the case. In his finding, Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Nigel Hampton 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, Marius Botha, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the citing under Law 10.4(h).
 
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks primarily due to the dangerous nature of the act and the direct contact with the opponent’s head.

“However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s good Judicial record and early guilty plea, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 4 weeks.

“The player is therefore suspended for 4 weeks, up to and including the Friday 9 June 2017.”

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6 Comments

  • foxtrot
    9:01 AM 18/05/2017

    That difference in suspensions is ridiculous! How can they consider Naholo's a low-entry point?

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  • reality
    9:04 PM 17/05/2017

    Hear hear. Snyman is an absolute idiot and criminal for doing something like that. He could have broken the guy's neck, nose and face, and if I had been his coach I would have absolutely berated him afterwards. Naholo's isn't as bad, but is a shoulder charge to the face really a one-week ban? A tip tackle gets you banned for months but shouldering someone in the face is just one week? Or maybe it's the fact that they don't want to ban any All Blacks before the Lions series.

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  • vladimir
    3:21 PM 17/05/2017

    Why are the 'low-entry points' differents? But are dangerous and hits to the head.

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  • katman
    9:27 AM 17/05/2017

    Both players got nothing to complain about. If anything, Naholo got off very lightly with only one week off. That was a horrible charge to the face, nowhere near the ball and miles late. As for Snyman, what a wally. He cost his team this game. And that could have ended very badly for his victim. Not that it matters much to these decisions, but it looks as if that Highlanders player was also completely offside at the ruck before he got KO'd.

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  • pdg
    1:11 AM 17/05/2017

    The decisions made by the referee were sound based on the new law interpretations. This type of contact with a leading shoulder and NO arms has to be removed from the game. However what i have trouble with is the ridiculous situation of the panel taking other factors into account to reduce the sentences of the players. If they are GUILTY then previous offences, or an early guilty plea, have NO bearing on the misdemeanor that they produced. Give the players the FULL sentence and maybe they will think twice before offending again.

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  • luc
    8:08 PM 16/05/2017

    Nothing wrong with the ref's calls, but I wonder when you see Odendaal out cold like that, how come he didn't go straight for an HIA.

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