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Jaguares’ Senatore gets 10 week ban for biting




Jaguares backrower Leonardo Senatore has been banned for 10 weeks after he was found guilty of biting Sharks forward Keegan Daniel.

A SANZAAR Judicial Hearing has found Senatore guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship – Biting, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Senatore contravened Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship – Biting, during the match between the Jaguares and Sharks at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on 14 May 2016.

The SANZAAR Judicial Hearing held via video conference on Monday 16 May and was heard by Judicial Committee members; Adam Casselden (Chairman), John Langford and De Wet Barry.

In their finding, the Judicial committee ruled the following:”Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Stephan Weyers, the Judicial Committee upheld the citing under Law 10.4(m) acts contrary to good sportsmanship – biting.

With respect to sanction the Judicial Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of 12 weeks. The Judicial Committee then added 2 weeks for aggravation as this was the player’s second offence for biting. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s good character, his playing record and his disciplinary record the Judicial Committee reduced the suspension to a period of ten weeks.”

Hearing Details (date, time and venue): Monday 16 May 20:00 (AEST), 12:00 (SAST), 07:00 (ART) via video conference
Judicial Hearing Committee: Adam Casselden (Chairman), John Langford, De Wet Barry
Player: Leonardo Senatore
Team: Jaguares
Position: Backrow
Date of Incident: 14 May 2016
Nature of Offence: Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship – Biting
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 69:28


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