Vodacom Super Rugby
Keats cops four-week ban
Wellington - Hurricanes scrumhalf Tyson Keats has been suspended for four weeks after a SANZAR Judicial Hearing found him guilty of dangerous play.
Keats was cited for a tip tackle on Blues scrumhalf Alby Mathewson in a Vodacom Super Rugby match in Wellington last Friday. Keats was yellow carded for the incident in the 62nd minute of the match.
The Judicial Hearing took place in Wellington on Monday.
SANZAR Judicial Officer, Nick Davidson QC ruled that whilst Keats’ actions were not premeditated the tackle was poorly executed and reckless as to the danger it created.
Davidson found the tackle carried a high degree of danger but concluded that Keats did not deliberately drive Mathewson into the ground.
In his ruling, Davidson reiterated that the IRB had called for vigilance in eliminating the tip tackle from the game as its danger was immense. He added that such disciplinary recourse was necessary to act as a deterrent to players.