Pacific Nations Cup: disciplinary decisions

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 12 June 2013
 
 Pacific Nations Cup: disciplinary decisions
Tonga perform their Sipi Tau before the IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2013 match against Japan

Three Tonga players have received sanctions following the IRB Pacific Nations Cup match between Canada and Tonga in Kingston on 8 June 2013.

David Halaifonua

Tonga’s David Halaifonua appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Alan Hudson in on Kingston, Ontario on June 8, having been cited by David Pelton for a dangerous tackle offence in contravention of Law 10.4(e) in the 16th minute of the IRB Pacific Nations Cup match against Canada.

The player wished to contest the offence. The Judicial Officer, having heard all the evidence, determined that the action was reckless and not premeditated. Given that the tackled Canada player was forced to leave the field of play through injury, the Judicial Officer determined that the offence should merit the top end entry point level for the sanction which is 10+ weeks.

Having also considered mitigating factors, including remorse and excellent record, the suspension was set at six weeks. The player may resume playing on July 21, 2013.

Full decision here >>

Siale Piutau

Tonga’s Siale Piutau appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Alan Hudson in on Kingston, Ontario on June 8, having been cited by David Pelton, for striking an opponent with his fist contrary to law 10.4(a) at the 33rd minute of the IRB Pacific Nations Cup match against Canada.

The player admitted committing an act of foul play contrary to Law 10.4(a) of the Laws of Rugby Union. The Judicial Officer, having heard all the evidence, determined that the action was of mid range entry level which is five weeks. Having established mitigating factors, the determined that the sanction should be set at three weeks. He may return to playing on June 30, 2013.

Full decision here >>

Edmund Aholelei

Edmund Aholelei appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Alan Hudson in on Kingston, Ontario on June 8, having been ordered off by IRB Referee JP Doyle for striking an opponent with his fist contrary to Law 10.4(a) at the 32nd minute of the IRB Pacific Nations Cup match against Canada.

The player admitted committing an act of foul play contrary to Law 10.4(a) of the Laws of Rugby Union. The Judicial Officer, having heard all the evidence, determined that the incident was a red card offence and that the appropriate entry point was the mid-range for an offence under Law 10.4(a), which is a 5 week suspension.

The Judicial Officer determined that there were no aggravating factors, but determined mitigating factors of admittance, remorse and a good disciplinary record. Therefore, the Judicial Officer determined that the sanction should be reduced to three weeks. He may return to playing on July 12, 2013.

Full decision here >>