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Collins found guilty but gets off

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Hurricanes Jerry Collins has been found guilty of an act contrary to good sportsmanship arising from his rolling of his forearm across the face of Highlanders player David Hall during Friday’s match.


Collins was alternatively cited for punching or striking in breach of Law 10.4 (a) and an act contrary to good sportsmanship in breach of Law 10.4 (k) of the Laws of the Game, following a tackle on Highlanders player David Hall in the 67th minute of the match.


The allegation was based on Collins rolling his forearm across the face of Hall following the tackle.


No injury of any consequence was suffered by Hall and although Collins claimed he was acting in self defence, Mr Squire did not accept that.


In the result, Mr Squire found that Collins had not punched or struck Hall but was satisfied that what he did was an act contrary to good sportsmanship.


On the issue of penalty, Mr Squire considered that the matter was very much in the least serious category of foul play on the rugby field.


In that situation, and having regard to a number of matters put before him concerning Collins’ role as a leading player in the Hurricanes and his other rugby community activities, Mr Squire considered that the guilty finding of foul play was a sufficient penalty in itself and, in the exercise of his discretion, imposed no suspension.


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