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Case Number ON/46/13
Name Nick Scruton
Club Bradford
Shirt Number 8
Match Bradford v Castleford
Competition Super League
Date 16/02/13
Incident considered Striking in 4th minute (O’Brien)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Law 15.1(a) (Strikes - Strikes with shoulder - Reckless) Grade B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 16/02/13
Evidence provided DVD
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Not guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 18 February 2013, you are charged with misconduct for a breach of Law 15.1(a) during the above Match. The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 4th minute of the Match. In the Panel’s opinion when attempting a tackle you made contact with the head of your opponent (O’Brien) with your shoulder. The Panel believed that this contact was reckless, against the spirit of the game and that your conduct had the potential to cause injury to your opponent. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade B offence (Strikes – Strikes with hand, arm or shoulder – Reckless). If found to have committed the offence, again in accordance with the On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the normal suspension range for such offence is from a 1 to a 2 match suspension. In addition the Tribunal has the power to impose such fine as it considers reasonable.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence The player represented by Mr Cummins and Mr Duffy pleads not guilty to the offence. Mr Cummins states that that the first contact with the player’s opponent is shoulder to shoulder. This sends the opponent head in a whiplash motion which brings the opponent’s head into contact with the player’s shoulder. The size disparity is obvious between the player and his opponent his contributory factor and unfortunately the opponent becomes injured. Mr Cummins also states that the player does not jump into the tackle.
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident with extreme care. The committee are quite satisfied that initial contact was between the player’s shoulder and the opponent’s shoulder. However the committee feel that the player’s shoulder then rides over the opponent’s owing to the technique used and this causes an upward trajectory which then strikes the opponent’s head. It is on the basis that the committee find the player guilty of this offence.
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction No further submissions
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Player makes a legal first hit tackle. Good disciplinary record
Aggravating Factors Potential for injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee are quite satisfied that the initial contact was legal however it then rode over and hit his opponent’s head. The player has a good record considering his first grade career of 10 years and the committee take this into account. The committee feel that they can downgrade this offence to a grade A and give the player no suspension but a £300 fine.
Suspension N/A
Fine £300
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