Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo has been suspended for four weeks for a dangerous tackle on Brumbies No.9 in his team’s 14-40 victory over the Brumbies in Canberra.
Nadolo was not carded during the match for the incident which was picked up after the match by the TMO and the winger was then cited.
As per SANZAAR rules Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris accepted a guilty plea from Nemani Nadolo of the Crusaders for contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackle.
Nadolo performed a dangerous tackle on Brumbies #9, Tomas Cubelli, by lifting him from the ground and placing him in a dangerous position.
Nadolo has been suspended from all forms of the game for 4 weeks.
Guttered bout the outcome. But what's done is done. know one was hurt which is the important thing..onwards n upwards 4rm here. #superrugby
— nemzy (@nemani_nadolo) April 26, 2016
The incident occurred in the 39th minute of the match between the Brumbies and Crusaders played at GIO Stadium, Canberra on Sunday 24th April, 2016.
SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris assessed the case.
In his finding, Morris ruled the following: “Nemani Nadolo (the Player) appeared before a SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer having been cited in the match between the Crusaders and the Brumbies for a breach of Law 10.4 (j). He was represented by Mr Aaron Lloyd.
“During the hearing the player pleaded guilty to the charge.
“After careful consideration of the available evidence and the very helpful submissions of Mr Lloyd the offence was categorised as low-end which carries a four (4) weeks suspension.
“I took into account as mitigating factors the player’s disciplinary record after a lengthy professional career, his guilty plea and the fact that the tackle was reckless rather than deliberate. The Player was therefore given a two week discount on the original sanction creating a recommended sanction of two (2) weeks.
” I took into account World Rugby memorandums about lifting tackles and the need to deter this very action from the game. As such I found it necessary to add two (2) additional weeks to the recommended sanction.
“The Player is accordingly suspended from all rugby for four (4) weeks until 21 May 2016 which effectively is a three match Super Rugby suspension. We were provided with proof that he would have been selected to play in a club match on 30 April 2016, which the player will also miss as a result of the suspension.
Duty Judicial Officer: Chris Morris
Player: Nemani Nadolo
Date of Incident: 24 April 2016
Nature of Offence: Law 10 4 (j) Lifting Tackle: 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 offence occurred: 39th minute