No bans for Paulo and Snyman

Date published: December 23 2014

Pro12 pair Teofilo Paulo and Johan Snyman have escaped bans after their scuffle in the Welsh derby game between Blues and Scarlets.

The two second rows were yellow-carded in Cardiff’s 21-9 win for an off-the-ball incident, for which they were cited.

The disciplinary committee, chaired by Roger Morris, along with Robert Williams and Aurwel Morgan (all Wales), having viewed footage of the incident and listened to evidence and representations made by and on behalf of the players, found that each of the players had committed the alleged act of foul play. The disciplinary committee accordingly upheld both of the citing complaints.

The disciplinary committee went on to find that in each case the player’s actions had warranted a lower end entry point under World Rugby’s sanctions for this type of offending, which is a two-week playing suspension.

However, after considering the offending in detail, and all aggravating and mitigating factors, the disciplinary committee concluded that a playing suspension would be wholly disproportionate in the circumstances, and accordingly imposed no suspension on either player.

Both players are free to resume playing immediately (and also have a right of appeal).