Vodacom Super 14

Nonu not guilty of foul play

2010-03-15 17:00
Ma'a Nonu (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Hurricanes centre Ma’a Nonu was on Monday found not guilty of a reckless tackle during the Super 14 match against the Stormers at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday 13 March 2010.

Nonu was cited under Law 10.4 (e) – tackling a player above the line of the shoulders – for a tackle on Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant in the 71st minute of the game. The Stormers won the match 37-13.

SANZAR Judicial Officer Rob Stelzner considered evidence from the player, referee Steve Walsh, video recordings and heard submissions from Nonu’s representative.

Mr Stelzner deemed that Nonu’s tackle did not breach Law 10.4 (e) and adjudged that in an attempt to make the tackle, his arm slid upwards on impact with Grant’s ball-carrying arm. He ruled that there was no impact above the line of the shoulders.

In the circumstances he ruled that a penalty was sufficient punishment and as a result, the Hurricanes centre will be available for selection for his side’s next Super 14 match against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday.


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