Bond suspended for Kolbe 'tackle'
Cape Town - The SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Michael Heron QC has accepted a guilty plea
from Tim Bond of the Sunwolves for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling
of an Opponent, after he was Red Carded during a Super Rugby Match on Friday.
Bond attempted to tackle Cheslin Kolbe of the Stormers, but made contact late and high.
referee, Nic Berry, issued a red card for the offence during the match
between the Stormers and Sunwolves at Newlands on Friday, 8
Bond has been suspended from all forms of the game until 7 May 2016.
SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Michael Heron QC assessed the case. In his
finding, Heron ruled the following:
"I conducted the DJO process with Tim Bond, Shogo Tanaka san, Mark Hammett
(each of the Sunwolves) and Mr Bond's legal representative, Mary- Jane Crabtree
of Allens in Melbourne.
The player confirmed that he was trying to tackle the player in a
"smother" tackle and tried to pull-out when he knew that the Stormers
player had passed the ball. The player accepted the conduct was foul play.
I indicated that in my view the tackle was high, late and with only one arm potentially
engaged. The shoulder of Mr Bond connected with the Stormer's player (the
head). I accepted that it was not an intentional or pre-meditated action,
but in my view given the combination of features, I considered it was reckless.
The player was in a vulnerable position and left the field as a result. I
indicated that I saw this as mid-range, and warranting an entry point of 6
weeks under Appendix 1. I did not consider there were other aggravating
He checked on the Stormer's player and apologised to him. Mr Bond has a
relatively good disciplinary record, although has a recent citing for which he
received a one-week suspension. He is aware of the dangers of concussion
and was clear as to his lack of intention to put a player in jeopardy of
that. I did not see his record as an aggravating factor and his
overall conduct and history was of some mitigation.
In the circumstances, particularly in light of the early guilty plea, I was
willing to discount the relevant sanction to a period of four weeks'
suspension, through and including the playing weekend of 7-8 May. I
was advised that one of those weeks was a bye week but that Mr Bond would have
been available to play and could have been expected to play for the Japan XV
against South Korea in Yokohama on that weekend. Other Sunwolves players
will be playing. On that basis I accepted that week as a week which
On that basis, Mr Bond is suspended from all forms of rugby through to and
including 7 May 2016."
The Sunwolves next play the Cheetah on Friday night in Bloemfontein.