Ma'a Nonu Suspended for Three Weeks
The SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC has accepted a guilty plea from Ma’a Nonu of the Highlanders for contravening Law 10.4 (j) Dangerous Tackling – Lifting Tackling after he was Red Carded by the referee: Mr Steve Walsh during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend.
The incident occurred in the 58th minute of the match between the Highlanders and Crusaders.
SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC assessed the case.
In his finding, Lubbe ruled the following:
The tackle was executed poorly and there was no intention to hurt the opponent. In the dynamic situation that existed during the tackle there was no opportunity to bring the tackled player safely to the ground. Nonu accepted that the tackle was poorly executed by lifting his opponent. The tackled player was not injured and the incident had no effect on the Crusaders team. A medical report obtained from the Crusaders confirmed that the player involved suffered no injury.
Mr Aaron Lloyd on behalf of the player made able and helpful submissions regarding the determination of the correct entry level and I have determined that the entry level is at low end carrying a four week suspension. Taking into account the record of the player over a period of more than a decade playing Super Rugby, which is not unblemished, his early plea of guilt and the remorse shown, I have determined to give the player a discount of one week and to suspend the player from all rugby for a period of three weeks.
All SANZAR 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.