Crotty and Havili cited

Date published: May 28 2016

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Crusaders duo Ryan Crotty and David Havili have been cited following their 26-21 Super Rugby win over the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.

Crotty has been issued with a Citing Commissioner Warning for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling during the hard-fought victory.

The incident occurred in the 80th minute of the game. Whilst attempting a tackle on Ihaia West, Crotty made contact with the player's head.

A Citing Commissioner Warning may be issued by the SANZAAR Citing Commissioner for foul play incidents that are very close to, but in his opinion do not meet the Red Card threshold for citings.

In this case the referee for the match did not act upon the incident. Upon further review of the match footage the Citing Commissioner deemed a Citing Commissioner Warning was appropriate.

Meanwhile, Havili is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (a) Punching or Striking during the match.

Havili is alleged to have made contact with a swinging arm to the neck of the Blues centre Piers Francis.

Upon further review of the match footage, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the red card threshold for foul play.

The citing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Michael Heron QC.

All SANZAAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO.

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