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Waratahs hooker Latu cited for punching Toomua

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Waratahs hooker Silatolu (Tolu) Latu has been cited for punching Brumbies centre Matt Toomua in his team’s 32-15 loss to the Brumbies.

Latu has a history with the disciplinary panel as he was cited and then suspended for four weeks in 2015 for dangerous play against the Crusaders.

Latu is alleged to have contravened 10.4 (a) Punching or striking, when he made contact with Brumbies #12 Matt Toomua in an incident that occurred in the 57th minute of the match between the Brumbies and Waratahs at GIO Stadium in Canberra on 4 March 2016.

The referee for the match, Marius van der Westhuizen, reviewed the incident with the Television Match Official but was unable to see any clear and obvious foul play from the replay views provided during the game.

However, upon further review of the match footage between the Brumbies and Waratahs, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the red card threshold for foul play.

Ironically the referee in the 2015 match between the Waratahs and Crusaders which led to a four week ban for Latu was also Van der Westhuizen who yellow carded the hooker during that match.

The citing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert Stelzner SC.

All SANZAAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO.

Nature of Offence: 10.4 (a) Punching or striking, A player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 57th minute

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