Cape Town - A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has
found Reds wing Chris Kuridrani of the Reds guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (g)
- dangerous charging - after he was cited following a Super Rugby match at the
However, no sanction has been imposed on
The incident occurred in the 21st minute of
the match between the Reds and Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane last
The SANZAR Judicial Hearing was heard by
Adam Casselden via video conference, while Mike Mika was the former
professional player who attended as a Judicial Technical Adviser.
In his finding, Casselden ruled the
"After hearing from the player and his
counsel, Mr Mark Martin QC and watching the video footage a number of times, I
was satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the player committed the act
of foul play that was the subject of the citing by charging or knocking down an
opponent carrying the ball without trying to grasp that player.
"In assessing the seriousness of the
foul play, I came to the conclusion that the offending was at the lower end.
Having regard to the range of off-field mitigating factors submitted to me by
Mr Martin QC, including the player's unblemished disciplinary record, it was
therefore appropriate, in my opinion, to invoke Regulation 17.19.7 (see below).
"In my opinion, to impose a suspension
on the player would have been wholly disproportionate to the level and type of
offending in this case. In reaching that conclusion I also took into account
the action taken during the match in respect of the foul play by the match
"As a result I found the citing
complaint alleging a breach of 10.4 (g) to be made out and that the appropriate
outcome was that no sanction should be imposed on the player."
In cases involving offending that has been
classified pursuant to Regulation 17.19.2 as lower end offending, where:
are off-field mitigating factors; and
the Disciplinary Committee or Judicial Officer considers that the sanction
would be wholly disproportionate to the level and type of offending involved;
the Disciplinary Committee or Judicial Officer may apply sanctions less than
50% of the lower end entry sanctions specified in Appendix 1 including in
appropriate cases no sanction.