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Highlanders wing Kurt Baker cited for foul play

Kurt Baker of the Highlanders looks to Sean McMahon's tackle

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Article Published: Saturday 5 April 2014|

Highlanders winger Kurt Baker has been cited for alleged foul play in his team's 33-30 Super Rugby victory over the Rebels in Dunedin on Friday.

Baker is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackle when he tackled Rebels' player Nick Stirzaker during the match between the Highlanders and Rebels at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday 4 April 2014.

Upon further review of the match footage, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the red card threshold for foul play.

The Citing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nicholas Davidson 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.

Player: Kurt Baker
Team: Highlanders
Position: Winger
Date of Incident: 4 April 2014
Nature of Offence: 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.
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 12th minute

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