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Jaguares flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez will miss this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Cheetahs due to suspension.

A SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing found that Sanchez contravened Law 10.4(g) Dangerous charging, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Sanchez has been suspended for 1 week, up to and including Saturday 18 March 2017.

The incident occurred in the 38th minute of the match between the Jaguares and Lions played at Velez Marsfield, Buenos Aires on 11 March 2017.

The SANZAAR Judicial Hearing held via video conference on 14 March 2017 was before Robert Stelzner SC, John Langford and David Croft.

In his finding, the Judicial Committee Chairman Robert Stelzner SC ruled the following:

“Having considered the citing commissioner’s description of the incident and the available video footage the Committee amended the charge to Law 10.4(g) Dangerous Charging and accept the player’s admission in respect of that contravention. Having further considered all the available evidence, including the player’s own account, and submissions from his legal representative, Aaron Lloyd, the Judicial Committee found the player’s actions to have breached the red card threshold.”

“With respect to sanction the Judicial Committee deemed the act of foul play to merit a low end entry point of 2 weeks. Taking into account various mitigating factors, including the Player’s excellent record and early guilty plea, the Judicial Committee reduced the suspension to 1 week.”

“The player is therefore suspended for 1 week, up to and including Saturday 18 March 2017.”

Hearing Details (date, time and venue): Tuesday 14 March 2017, 7am(ARG), 12pm(SA), 9pm(AUS), 11pm(NZ) via video-conference
Judicial Committee Chairman: Robert Stelzner SC
Judicial Committee Members: John Langford, David Croft
Player: Nicolas Sanchez
Team: Jaguares
Position: Fly Half
Date of Incident: 11 March 2017
Nature of Offence: 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent amended to 10.4(g) Dangerous charging
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 38:28

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