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    Brumbies hooker cops 1-week ban

    2016-03-21 09:02

    Cape Town - The SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris has accepted a guilty plea from Josh Mann-Rea of the Brumbies for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking in an incident that occurred in the 63rd minute during the match between the Stormers and Brumbies at Newlands on Saturday.

    Mann-Rea was red carded as a result of the incident.

    Mann-Rea has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week.

    In his finding, Morris ruled the following: "After initially reviewing the video footage, send off reports and other relevant materials, I heard from the player and his representatives. The player accepted a breach of the punching and striking law and identified the various factors involved in the incident.

    "I considered the incident and the submissions made by the players representatives and formed the view that the offence had an entry point in the low end range which starts at a two-week suspension. 

    "I did not consider there to be any aggravating factors to take into account. I did take the player admitting guilt for the offence into account as a mitigating factor. This entitles the player up to a 50 percent reduction in sanction which I applied. This results in a one week suspension being imposed on the player. 

    "The player is accordingly found to have contravened Law 10.4 (a) and is suspended for one week up to and including Sunday, March 27, 2016."

    As a result of the ban, Mann-Rea won't be eligible for the Brumbies' next match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, March 26 (kick-off at 15:05).

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