Super Rugby 2017
A Thought For The Week:
It has been a busy week, and I have not had enough time to develop the thought I had reserved for this week. I will hold it over till next week.
So, the only topic I will share is the news that Stade Français wing, Josaia Raisuqe, has been suspended for 10 weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Paris, arising from his club’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against the Ospreys at the Principality Stadium.
Raisuqe was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Alberto Recaldini (Italy), for stamping on the Ospreys wing, Keelan Giles, in the 19th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (b), Stamping.
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (b), stamping or trampling on an opponent, carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 12 to 52 weeks.
Unlike the Judicial panels in the southern hemisphere and SANZAAR’s Foul Play Review Committee, the northerners have thrown the book at the player, and gave him the kind of stiff sentence that serves as a proper deterrent for acts of foul play. None of the namby-pamby slap on the wrist one or two-week stuff up there!
Following recent sanction guidelines concerning kicks and stamps to the head, the Committee selected 12 weeks as the appropriate entry point. They then added a week for his previous disciplinary record, and then took into account the player’s immediate on-field apology to Keelan Giles as well as his immediate admission that he had committed an act of foul play, the Committee reduced the sanction by three weeks before imposing a ten-week suspension.
SANZAAR take note – that is a proper sentence for a despicable act of violence.