Waikato prop James McGougan has been suspended from playing rugby for one week, and Bay of Plenty wing Tino Nemani suspended for two weeks, after separate Judicial Hearings for foul play during Week 6 of the ITM Cup.
Both cases were heard by Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC this week.
Waikato prop James McGougan was reported by Citing Commissioner Mike O’Leary under law 10.4 (g) for a dangerous charge on Otago’s Lee Allan in the 60th minute of their Sunday match at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
McGougan’s no-arms tackle resulted in Allan going off injured for the remainder of the match.
Mr Hampton said that while careless, McGougan’s charge was not intentional. He also took into account McGougan’s good record in 11 years of senior rugby.
McGougan’s suspension means he is banned from playing any rugby up to and including Monday 29 September. He will miss Waikato’s match against Manawatu on 27 September.
Meanwhile, Bay of Plenty winger Tino Nemani was suspended for two weeks after he was sent off and later charged under law 10.4 (g) for a dangerous charge in the 77th minute of his team’s Ranfurly Shield challenge against Hawke’s Bay at McLean Park on Saturday.
Mr Hampton accepted Nemani’s action was not deliberate or intentional and that, fortunately, the tackle did not affect the Hawke’s Bay player. He also noted Nemani’s remorse and full acceptance of the part he played in the tackle.
Nemani is suspended from all rugby up to and including Sunday 5 October. He is next available for Bay of Plenty’s Week 9 match against Waikato at Waikato Stadium on Thursday 9 October.