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Smith found not guilty

2011-05-02 08:31

Wellington - Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith has been found not guilty of foul play after facing a SANZAR Judicial Hearing on Monday.
 
Smith had been cited for a dangerous tackle on his Blues opposite number Toby Morland during a Super Rugby fixture in Dunedin last Friday. He received a yellow-card for the incident in the 76th minute of the match.
 
Whilst he did not disagree with the refereeā€™s reasons for giving a yellow card, SANZAR Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC, found that the citing could not be made because Smith was not the player primarily responsible for lifting and then dropping or driving Morland to the ground.
 
Based on the evidence presented, including additional video evidence that was made available, Hampton concluded that another Highlanders player involved in the tackle had played the dominant role in lifting and dropping Morland.
 
Smith was therefore found not guilty and is cleared to play.
 

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Comments
  • CliffBradley - 2011-05-02 10:44

    And ,,, What is new about a NZ player being not guilty !!!

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-02 10:58

    Or Schalk not even getting cited for Saturday's shoulder charge.

  • SST - 2011-05-02 11:29

    Oh Lloyd I read these things you type on these blogs and I can't help but laugh. Please watch the game again if you get a chance and if you really critical there are many instances that could have lead to a yellow card but ended up being a penalty or nothing for both the Sharks and Stormers. On the note of shoulder charge, it is quite funny how SBW do it in every game he plays and ntohing happens to him.

  • ikilladabull - 2011-05-03 13:14

    THIS JUST IN...............STUPID LLOYD AND ZOLLAZAP IS THE SAME PERSON. ALWAYS AGREEING WITH EACH OTHER ALWAYS BLOWING SMOKE UP EACH OTHER'S @RSE THE ONES POST ALWAYS SEEM TO FOLLOW THE OTHER GET A LIFE LOSER.

  • Bren Vander - 2011-05-03 16:27

    Okay, so they saw it was another Highlanders player who played the dominant role in lifting and then dropping Morland to the ground - but that there was definitely an offence committed.. So because you found Smith innocent, you shut the case and forget the crime? *shrugs shoulders*

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