Cape Town - Jaguares prop Ramiro Herrera has been banned for
two weeks for foul play during his side's clash with the Southern Kings in Port
The SANZAAR duty judicial officer Michael Heron has accepted
a guilty plea from Herrera for contravening Law 10.4 (h) - A player must not
charge into a ruck or maul - after he was red carded during the Super Rugby
Match at the weekend.
Herrera charged into an opponent on the ground and made
contact with his opponent's head during the match which the Kings won 29-22.
Herrera received a sanction of one week (covering one
scheduled match) with his next scheduled match being Argentina v Italy on June
Consequently he is suspended up to and including, Saturday, June
In his finding, Heron ruled the following:
"The player, Mr Stephan Weyers (counsel), Mr Greg
Peters (Jaguares CEO), Mr Rafael Laria (Jaguares Manager) and an interpreter
attended the call. Mr Andreas Ramos,
SAANZAR JO, attended also as an observer.
"The player accepted the charge. I agreed with Mr Weyers that the charge
should be under Law 10(4)(h) as the opponent player did not have the ball. The player was remorseful and apologised to
the opponent player on field before he left as a result of the red card.
"I accepted the submission that this was low end
offending, it was not intentional, no injury resulted and the only negative
impact on the game was to the Jaguares and Mr Herrara. Mr Herrara has an exemplary disciplinary
record, this being his first red card or citing.
"For that reason, I indicated a low end entry point
under 10(4)(h) of two weeks. Because of
his conduct, his remorse and his exemplary playing record, I was prepared to
reduce that by one week to a resulting suspension of one week (covering one
match) and I gave that indication.
"The next scheduled fixture for the player was an
international match on 11 June for Argentina against Italy. Accordingly, the suspension imposed is for
one match (being that international match on 11 June) but takes effect from
today up to and including 11 June 2016 (to include the one scheduled