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Head kicker still at large

2009-02-17 11:51
Bloody mess (File)
Sydney - The SANZAR judiciary on Monday confused all and sundry by suspending Hurricanes captain Rodney So'oialo for a week, although it wasn't certain whether his boot caused Waratahs skipper Phil Waugh's head injuries during the Super 14 match on Saturday night.

According to Rugby Heaven's Greg Growden, SANZAR judicial officer Bruce Squire said So'oialo was sidelined for "carelessly trampling on a player", saying, "There was reason to believe that the boot of another player, not So'oialo, was possibly responsible for the head injury to Waugh."

Squire said So'oialo conceded his boot had made contact with Waugh's head, but, "The point of contact appeared, from the videotape, to be different from that where the injury had been sustained."

Waugh, who required stitches to the wound, told the referee at the time he had been the victim of a "cheap shot". From whom remains unclear.


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