Waratahs duo cited for tip tackles

Date published: May 23 2015

Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu and lock Will Skelton have both been cited for alleged foul play during Saturday's Super Rugby win over the Crusaders.

The duo have been cited for breaching Law 10.4 (j): Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.

Latu and Skelton are alleged to have made dangerous tackles in the 17th minute of the clash at ANZ Stadium.

Referee Marius van der Westhuizen issued Latu with a yellow card for the incident. Upon further review of the match footage, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion that both had met the red card threshold for foul play.

The citings are to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC.

All SANZAR 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.