Cheetahs Falie Oelschig suspended for a week



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Cheetahs scrumhalf Falie Oelschig has been suspended for one week after being found guilty of striking during the match between the Cheetahs and the NSW Waratahs in Sydney on Friday 31 March.

Oelschig faced a SANZAR Judicial Committee in Sydney today charged with striking Tatafu Polota-Nau. He was cited by Citing Commissioner Scott Nowland following an incident in the 32nd minute of the second half.

The SANZAR Judicial Committee comprised Mr Terry Willis (Chairman), former Wallaby Mick Mathers and Kim Garling.

Oelschig was represented by Courtney Poulden and appeared in person at the hearing at the ARU’s Headquarters in North Sydney.

Evidence was heard from Oelschig as well as Cheetahs team manager Naka Drotske, while medical evidence was also tendered from the NSW Waratahs team doctor.

After careful consideration of all the evidence, including footage of the incident, the Committee found that Oelschig struck Tatafu-Nau to the back of the head in a deliberate attempt to take him out of play as a support player.

The Committee further found that had it not been for the player’s previous good record and length of service to the game, including 150 first-class matches, a longer suspension would have been appropriate.

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