SBW warned over tackle

Date published: June 14 2015

Chiefs centre Sonny Bill Williams has been given a citing commissioner warning for a dangerous tackle on Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith.

Williams was issued with a Citing Commissioner Warning for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling, during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

The incident occurred in the 40th minute of the match between the Chiefs and Hurricanes at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on Saturday. 

Williams' shoulder connected with fellow All Black Smith's head, but he did use his arms in the tackle which started at chest level before moving upwards.

A Citing Commissioner Warning may be issued by the SANZAR Citing Commissioner for foul play incidents that are very close to, but in his opinion do not meet the red card threshold for citings.

Upon further review of the match footage the Citing Commissioner deemed a Citing Commissioner Warning was appropriate.