Triggs suspended for 1 week, Hames for 5 weeks

Super Rugby organizers SANZAR have announced that Blues lock Hayden Triggs has been suspended for one week for punching and Highlanders prop Kane Hames has been suspended for five weeks.

Triggs has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week up to and including 28 February 2015 while Hames has been suspended for five weeks up to and including 28 March 2015.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert Stelzner SC accepted a guilty plea on both counts for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Robert Stelzner SC assessed the case and on Higgs he said that “As the Duty Judicial Officer, I considered all of the evidence before me including video footage leading up to the incident and issuing of the red card, match official reports for the incident and the submissions of Mr Aaron Lloyd which he made on behalf of the player.

“I found the incident to have a low-range entry point which stipulates a two-week suspension. This was then reduced by one week due to Triggs’ prompt admission of guilt, remorse for his actions and excellent disciplinary record in over 10 years of playing professional rugby.

“The applicable entry point for determining the seriousness of the offence was further informed by the existence of provocation and the fact that the player acted in retaliation.

“The adverse effect of the player’s actions on his own team’s prospects of winning by his being ordered off at a relatively early part of the match, after his team had been awarded a penalty which could potentially have put the Blues in the lead, further played a role in recommending the sanction.

“After taking all these factors into consideration, I found that a suspension of one week was warranted for the incident which was accepted by the player.

In his finding on Hames , Stelzner ruled the following,”As the Duty Judicial Officer, I considered all of the evidence before me including video footage, Citing Commissioner’s report, a photograph and medical report of the injury sustained by Mr Dominic Bird and the submissions of Mr Aaron Lloyd made on behalf of the player.

“After taking all relevant facts of the incident into consideration, I found the incident to have a mid-range entry point which stipulates a five week suspension. Several aggravating factors for the case included the injury to Mr Bird and a deterrent for this type of conduct occurring in the game, resulting in a two week increase to the sanction. This was then reduced by two weeks due to Hames’ remorse and prompt guilty plea for the incident.

“After taking all these factors into consideration, I found that a suspension of five weeks was warranted which was accepted by the player.

“The player is suspended for five weeks up to and including 28th March 2015.”

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

Hayden Triggs
Duty Judicial Officer:
Robert Stelzner SC
Player: Hayden Triggs
Team: Blues
Position: Lock
Date of Incident: 21 February 2015
Nature of Offence: 10.4 (a) Punching or striking, A player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee.
Elapsed time in match when offence occurred: 24th minute

Kane Hames
Duty Judicial Officer
: Robert Stelzner SC
Player: Kane Hames
Team: Highlanders
Position: Prop
Date of Incident: 21 February 2015
Nature of Offence: 10.4 (a) Punching or striking, A player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee.
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 74th minute

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