Cape Town - Chiefs wing James Lowe has had no further sanction imposed by the SANZAR Duty Judicial
Officer after receiving a third yellow card in the 2015 season during a Super Rugby match at the
According to the SANZAR Judicial Rules:
6.1 - A Player who has
received three yellow cards or three Citing Commissioner Warnings (or any
combination thereof) arising from Matches in the same Super Rugby Competition
shall be required to appear before the Duty Judicial Officer appointed for the
Match during which he last offended. At the same time as notification of the
details of his hearing pursuant to Rule 4.1, the Player shall be sent copies of
the Match Officials' Reports in relation to each incident and be advised that
the purpose of the hearing before the Duty Judicial Officer is to consider the
circumstances in which each yellow card and/or Citing Commissioner Warning was
imposed and determine whether any further penalty should be imposed on him by reason
of his persistent foul play.
SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nicholas Davidson QC heard the case and ruled the
"James Lowe received yellow cards in Round 3 (tackling
a player in the air), in Round 4 (dangerous tackle) and in Round 12 (a
strike with the knee).
"Application of Rule 6.1 requires consideration of the circumstances of
each yellow card. Possible sanction is based upon repeat breaches and three
such incidents are a pre-requisite to any sanction.
"The second yellow card was effectively, but not formally, set aside by
the review conducted by the SANZAR Referee Performance Management Team, and
supported by the World Rugby Referee Selection Committee. They considered that
this tackle was legitimate and the yellow card was wrongly issued.
"The Judicial Officer would not lightly override those conclusions which
means in this case, Lowe has in substance committed two yellow card offences.
He did not therefore come up for possible sanction under Rule 6.1. The yellow
cards in Round 3 and 12 remain on his record this season.
"The yellow card in Round 12 was not the subject of a citing and does not
call for consideration as such."
All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty
Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial