Chiefs hooker Elliot suspended for one week

Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot has been suspended for one week for a dangerous charge in the Chiefs 12-11 loss to the Sharks in Duban.

Sanzar Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden has accepted a guilty plea from Hikawera Elliot of the Chiefs for contravening Law 10.4 (h) Dangerous Charging, after he was sent off in a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Elliot has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week up to and including 28 March 2015.

The incident occurred in the 16th minute of the match between the Sharks and Chiefs played at Growthpoint KINGS PARK in Durban on 21 March 2015.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden assessed the case.

In his finding, Casselden ruled the following,”Having considered all matters, I was satisfied that a low entry point was appropriate which dictated a suspension of two weeks. The lower entry point was reached with some hesitation given the deliberate and reckless actions of the player in charging into the maul without the use of his arms and making contact with the head of the Sharks’ No. 1 with his right shoulder. His actions clearly placed his opponent at a risk of injury to his head and/or neck, however, I was satisfied on balance, that the player’s offending did not warrant a mid-range assessment of seriousness.

“With respect to mitigating factors, I took account of the following: the player has played four matches for the All Blacks, approximately 100 Super Rugby matches and in excess of 100 ITM Cup matches. The player has an impeccable disciplinary record, never previously receiving a red card or cited for foul play since commencing his professional rugby career in 2004.

“The player accepted that he committed an act of foul play at the first available opportunity. Taking those mitigating factors into account and the overall culpability of his offending, I was satisfied that the two-week suspension should be reduced to one week.

“Accordingly, the player is suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including Saturday 28 March 2015.”

All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer 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.

Duty Judicial Officer: Adam Casselden
Player: Hikawera Elliot
Team: Chiefs
Position: Hooker
Date of Incident: 21 March 2015
Nature of Offence: 10.4 (h) Dangerous Charging. A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without use of arms, or without grasping a player.
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 16th minute

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