Blues back-row Steven Luatua has been suspended for four weeks after making a dangerous tackle on Chiefs wing Tim Nanai-Williams in Hamilton on Friday.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee has accepted a guilty plea from Luatua for contravening Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an opponent, after he was red carded for the offence.
Luatua has been suspended from all forms of the game up to and including Saturday 1 April 2017.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton (Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and John Langford assessed the case.
In his finding, Hampton 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, Aaron Lloyd, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the red-carding of the Player under Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent”
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid range entry point of 6 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s early admission of guilt and his remorse for his actions, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension by 2 weeks.”
“The player is therefore suspended for 4 weeks, up to and including Saturday 1 April 2017.”
All SANZAAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to the Foul Play Review Committee 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 Foul Play Review Committee.