Emery cops 4-week ban for Le Roux collision
Cape Town - Highlanders centre Jason Emery has been
suspended for four weeks after a mid-air collision with Sharks fullback Willie le Roux in their Super Rugby clash last Friday.
A SANZAAR judicial hearing on Monday found Emery guilty of
contravening Law 10.4 (i) - Tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling an opponent
jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play - after he was issued with a
red card during the game in Dunedin.
Emery has been suspended up to and including Saturday, May
21. It will see him miss three Super Rugby matches.
The SANZAAR judicial hearing, held via video conference on
Monday, was heard by a judicial committee of Jannie Lubbe SC (chairman), De Wet
Barry and John Langford.
In their finding, the judicial committee ruled the
"Jason Emery appeared before a SANZAAR judicial
committee having been red carded in the match between the Sharks and the
Highlanders for a breach of Law 10.4 (e).
"During the hearing the charge was amended as a breach
of Law.10.4 (i) and Mr Lloyd, acting for the player, raised no objection. The
player pleaded guilty to the amended charge.
"After careful consideration of the available evidence
and the very helpful submissions of Mr Lloyd the offence was categorised as
mid-range which carries a six weeks suspension.
"The committee took into account as mitigating factors
the player's exemplary clean disciplinary record after seventy first class
matches, his apology in person to Willie le Roux immediately after the match
and on social media, his guilty plea and the fact that the tackle was rather
reckless than deliberate.
"The player was therefore given a two week discount on
the recommended sanction of six weeks.
“The player is accordingly suspended from all rugby until 21
May 2016 which effectively is a three match Super Rugby suspension. We were
provided with proof that he would have been selected to play in a club match on
21 May 2016 which match the player will also miss as a result of the