New Zealand Rugby Duty Judicial Officer (DJO) Nigel Hampton QC has accepted a guilty plea from Matt Talaese of Northland who was issued a red card for contravening law 10.4(h) Dangerous Charging, in an ITM Cup match at the weekend.
The incident occurred in the 80th minute of the match between Northland and Southland that was played in Whangarei on Saturday 22 August. Southland won the match 27-18.
Talaese acknowledged his actions were a breach of the law and he accepted his wrong doing. Mr Hampton took the player’s remorse, admission of responsibility and clean disciplinary record into account when considering the sanction.
Talaese has been suspended from all forms of the game for three weeks up to and including Sunday 13 September 2015.
This means that he will miss Northland’s next three ITM Cup matches against Wellington (29 August), Taranaki (6 September) and Manawatu (13 September).
This season, ITM Cup disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to an appointed DJO to allow the option of expediting the judicial process.
For a matter to be dispensed with at this early stage, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO. If the player does not accept the charge or the offer, then the matter is referred to a full hearing with another Judicial Officer.