Waratahs Horne Cited for Steyn punch

Waratahs back Rob Horne has been cited for an alleged punch on Sharks back Frans Steyn in the Sharks 32-10 Super Rugby victory Citationsover the Waratahs in Durban.

Horne is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking and 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling when he made contact with Sharks’ player Francois Steyn during the match between the Sharks and Waratahs at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday 29 March 2014.

The referee for the match, Mike Fraser, awarded a penalty for the incident which occurred in the 16th minute.

Upon further review of the match footage, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the red card threshold for foul play.

The Citing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC.

All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO.

Player: Rob Horne
Team: Waratahs
Position: Winger
Date of Incident: 29 March 2014
Nature of Offence: Law 10.4 (a) Punching or Striking. A player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow,shoulder, head or knee(s).
10.4(e) Dangerous tackling. A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 16th minute

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