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Sheehan beats citing charge

2009-05-12 07:00
Brett Sheehan (AFP)

Sydney - Waratahs halfback Brett Sheehan has been cleared of a dangerous tackle charge and will be able to play his 50th Super game in NSW's final round against the Lions in Johannesburg on Friday.

Sheehan was cited for a dangerous tackle on Sharks outside-centre Brad Barritt in the last minute of Waratahs' 16-12 win over the Durban side on Saturday. But on Monday the SANZAR judiciary found in a 90-minute hearing at Absa Stadium that the charge could not be upheld.

Sheehan's defence team successfully showed that Sheehan's collision with Barritt was not made with intent. Outside of club rugby, it was the first time that Sheehan has faced a judiciary in five years of Super rugby.

While last week's game was his 50th for the Waratahs, Friday's must-win match against the Lions will mark his 50th in Super rugby, including four appearances for the Reds.

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