Sonny Bill issued warning for Smith tackle

Chiefs centre Sonny Bill Williams has been issued with a warning for his tackle on Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith.

Williams has been issued with a Citing Commissioner Warning for contravening Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling, during his team’s 13-21 Super Rugby loss to the Hurricanes. .

The incident occurred in the 40th minute of the match between the Chiefs and Hurricanes played at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on 13 June 2015.

A Citing Commissioner Warning may be issued by the SANZAR Citing Commissioner for foul play incidents that are very close to, but in his opinion do not meet the red card threshold for citings.

Upon further review of the match footage the Citing Commissioner deemed a Citing Commissioner Warning was appropriate.

Player: Sonny Bill Williams
Team: Chiefs
Position: Centre
Date of Incident: 13 June 2015
Nature of Offence: 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling, A player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponents neck or head is dangerous play.
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 40th minute

Video of Sonny Bill Williams’ tackle on Conrad Smith

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