One week bans for Bond, Mann-Rea

Date published: March 20 2016

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Sunwolves lock Timothy Bond and Brumbies hooker Josh Mann-Rea have both been suspended for one week.

The SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris has accepted a guilty plea from Bond of the Sunwolves for contravening Law 10.4 (h) A player must not charge into a ruck or maul, after he was Cited during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend.

Bond charged into a ruck and made contact with the head of the Rebels flanker Sean McMahon during the match between the Sunwolves and Rebels at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo on Saturday.

Bond has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week, up to and including Saturday, March 26.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris assessed the case. In his finding, Morris ruled the following: "After initially reviewing the video footage, Citing Commissioner's report and other relevant materials, I heard from the player and his representatives. The player accepted a breach of the dangerous charging law and identified the various factors involved in the incident.

"I found the offence to have an entry point in the low end range which starts at a two-week suspension. 

"I did not consider there to be any aggravating factors to take into account. I did take the player admitting guilt for the offence into account as a mitigating factor. This entitles the player up to a 50 per cent reduction in sanction which I applied. This results in a one week suspension being imposed on the player. 

"The player is accordingly found to have contravened Law 10.4 (h) and is suspended for one week up to and including Saturday, March 26."

Meanwhile, the SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris has accepted a guilty plea from Mann-Rea of the Brumbies for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking in an incident that occurred in the 63rd minute during the match between the Stormers and Brumbies at DHL Newlands. Mann-Rea was red carded as a result of the incident.

Mann-Rea has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week, up to and including Sunday, March 27.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris assessed the case.

In his finding, Morris ruled the following: "After initially reviewing the video footage, send off reports and other relevant materials, I heard from the player and his representatives. The player accepted a breach of the punching and striking law and identified the various factors involved in the incident.

"I considered the incident and the submissions made by the players representatives and formed the view that the offence had an entry point in the low end range which starts at a two-week suspension. 

"I did not consider there to be any aggravating factors to take into account. I did take the player admitting guilt for the offence into account as a mitigating factor. This entitles the player up to a 50 per cent reduction in sanction which I applied. This results in a one week suspension being imposed on the player. 

"The player is accordingly found to have contravened Law 10.4 (a) and is suspended for one week up to and including Sunday, March 27."

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