Horne to miss Stormers clash

2014-03-31 07:37

Cape Town - Waratahs wing Rob Horne will miss Saturday's match against the Stormers at Newlands after being suspended for one week.

VIDEO: Rob Horne's shocking swinging arm tackle on Frans Steyn

The 15-Test Wallaby was cited for making dangerous contact with Sharks centre Francois Steyn in their 32-10 loss in Durban at the weekend.

SANZAR duty judicial officer, Jannie Lubbe, accepted a guilty plea from Horne for contravening Law 10.4 (e) - dangerous tackling.

Horne has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week up to and including April 6.

In his finding, Lubbe ruled the following:

"Video evidence of the incident clearly showed that Horne's right arm made contact with Sharks player, Francois Steyn, in the neck and jaw area with what appeared to be a swinging arm. This was also recorded as such in the report of the citing commissioner.

"Anthony Black SC made helpful submissions on behalf of the player, relating to the execution of the tackle and pointed out that the initial contact point of Horne's right arm was with the upper arm of Steyn and then slipped up to make contact with Steyn's neck and jaw.

"Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika also explained the 'double tackle technique' that was used and submitted that the tackle went wrong, resulting in contact with Steyn's neck and jaw. There is support for this explanation in one of the angles of the video evidence.

"Black submitted that the player was guilty of breach on the alternative charge of 10.4 (e) -  dangerous tackling. The incident was deemed to be at the lower end entry level.

"He has played Super Rugby for six seasons with one suspension for a lifting tackle in that time. The player pleaded guilty and accepted the sanction of one week which was reduced from two weeks due to the lower end entry point and the player's guilty plea.

"Accordingly, the player is suspended from all forms of the game up to and including 6 April 2014."

All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a duty judicial officer (DJO) hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO.

The Waratahs' clash against the Stormers is scheduled for 19:10 on Saturday.


  • Drake Richardson - 2014-03-31 08:18

    Very creative excuse from Cheika I must say. ...

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