Havili handed one-week ban

Date published: June 7 2016

A SANZAAR Judicial Hearing has found David Havili of the Crusaders guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (a) Striking, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match two weeks ago.

Havili has been suspended for 1 week up to and including Saturday 11 June 2016.

Havili contravened Law 10.4 (a) during the match between the Blues and Crusaders at Eden Park in Auckland on May 28.

The SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing held via video conference on Tuesday, June 7, was heard by Adam Casselden (Chairman), Mike Mika and John Langford.

The Judicial committee ruled that the 21-year-old utility back, after viewing all the evidence presented to them, will be banned for only one week.

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, Mr Aaron Lloyd, the Judicial Committee upheld the citing under Law 10.4(a) for striking.
With respect to sanction the Judicial Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of 2 weeks. 

However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s excellent disciplinary record and absence of aggravating factors the player was suspended for a period of 1 week. 

Accordingly the player is suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including Saturday June 11 and will be free to resume on June 18.