Two Tonga players suspended

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 5 June 2013
 
 Two Tonga players suspended
Full written decisions from the hearings will be available in due course

Three players were cited following separate incidents during the third round of matches at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2013 in Chile. After their hearings, two players received two-week suspensions while the citing in relation to the other player was dismissed when further photographic evidence was presented.

Tonga’s Siosifa Lisala appeared before independent judicial officer Dr Juan Pablo Tafernaberry (Uruguay) in Temuco on Thursday, June 6, having been cited for playing an opponent without the ball and acts contrary to sportsmanship in twisting the neck and head of an opponent during his side's match against Japan the day before at Pitrufquén.

The player accepted that he had committed an act of foul play in contravention of Law 10.4(f) and Law 10.4(m). Dr Tafernaberry upheld the citing which he considered to be a low-end offence warranting an entry point of two weeks.

He applied one week of aggravation based on an IRB disciplinary memorandum reflecting a pattern of similar offending in the Game which needs to be deterred. He then allowed for mitigating factors and reduced the sanction by a week, imposing a final sanction of two weeks. As such, Lisala will miss Tonga's remaining match in the tournament and his next club match on June 15.

The player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal. The full written decision of the hearing will be posted here in due course.

Another Tonga player, Lui Naeta, also appeared before Dr Tafernaberry on Thursday, June 6, having been cited for a dangerous tackle on an opponent during his side's match against Japan at Pitrufquén.

The player accepted committing an act of foul play in contravention of Law 10.4(j). Dr Tafernaberry upheld the citing which he considered to be a low-end offence warranting an entry point of four weeks.

The judicial officer allowed for mitigating features and imposed a sanction of two matches. As such, Naeta will miss Tonga's next match against Portugal. The player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal. The full written decision of the hearing will be posted here in due course.

Meanwhile, Chile player, Ramón Ayarza, was cited for a dangerous, high charge against an opponent during the match against Namibia. The player denied committing an act of foul play in contravention of Law 10.4(e) or Law 10.4(g) and presented alternative still footage to support his case. The judicial officer accepted the player's evidence and determined that Ayarza had not committed any breach of the Laws of the Game. The judicial officer dismissed the citing and the player is free to play immediately.

The full written decision of the hearing will be posted here in due course.