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Winger suspended for tip-tackle

Sunwolves winger Semisi Masirewa has been found guilty of contravening law 9:18, resulting to his three weeks suspension in their week 18 Super Rugby match against  Waratahs where they were defeated 77-25. 
This is after he tip-tackled one of the Waratahs players and earned himself a red card. The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee delivered the penalty to Masirewa as he went against Law 9:18, which states; A player must not lift an opponent off the ground and drop or drive the player so that their head and/or upper body makes contact with the ground. The suspension includes all forms of the game including the 30th Jully 2018.
The Committee of Nigel Hampton QC (chairman), Stefan Terblanche and JohnnLongford conducted the case with which in their findings the chairman made the following rulings,
“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and a statement from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Maryjane Crabtree, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the red card under Law 9.18.”
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of 6 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s good judicial record, his immediate and repeated apology to the other player, his remorse and his guilty plea at the earliest possible convenience, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 3 weeks.”
“The player is therefore suspended for 3 weeks, up to and including July 30, 2018.”
The incidence occured in the 39th minute at Allianz Stadium in Sydnew in a match between Sunwolves and Waratahs. Masirewa according to the Committee is to plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the Foul Play Review Committee.

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