Triggs banned after Newlands punch
Cape Town - Blues lock Hayden Triggs has
been suspended for one week after being sent off in their 27-16 loss to the
Stormers at Newlands this past weekend.
SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert
Stelzner has accepted a guilty plea from Triggs for contravening Law 10.4 (a)
Punching or striking.
Triggs has been suspended from all forms of
the game for one week up to and including February 28, 2015.
The incident occurred in the 24th minute of
the match played at Newlands last Saturday.
In his finding, Stelzner ruled the
"As the Duty Judicial Officer, I considered
all of the evidence before me including video footage leading up to the
incident and issuing of the red card, match official reports for the incident
and the submissions of Mr Aaron Lloyd which he made on behalf of the player.
"I found the incident to have a
low-range entry point which stipulates a two-week suspension. This was then
reduced by one week due to Triggs' prompt admission of guilt, remorse for his
actions and excellent disciplinary record in over 10 years of playing
"The applicable entry point for
determining the seriousness of the offence was further informed by the
existence of provocation and the fact that the player acted in retaliation.
"The adverse effect of the player’s
actions on his own team’s prospects of winning by his being ordered off at a
relatively early part of the match, after his team had been awarded a penalty
which could potentially have put the Blues in the lead, further played a role
in recommending the sanction.
"After taking all these factors into
consideration, I found that a suspension of one week was warranted for the
incident which was accepted by the player.
"The player is suspended for one week
up to and including 28th February 2015."
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.