Speight appeal dismissed

Date published: June 30 2015

A SANZAR Appeals Committee dismissed an appeal brought by the Brumbies against the decision that found Henry Speight had contravened Law 10.4 (j) – Lifting Tackle.

The Committee dismissed the appeal on the basis that the appellant was unable to show that the Judicial Officer's central factual findings, that the tackle involved both a lifting and driving, were in error.

The Committee also unanimously dismissed the appeal brought against the five-week (four-match) suspension imposed on Speight, finding that the Judicial Officer had not erred in principle and that the sanction imposed was not manifestly excessive.

As such, the player remains suspended from all forms of the game for five weeks up to and including July 25.

Speight was shown a red card for the Brumbies against the Stormers during their Super Rugby Qualifier in Cape Town.