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Case Number ON/163/13
Name Travis Burns
Club Hull KR
Shirt Number 6
Match Hull FC v Hull KR
Competition Super League
Date 29/03/13
Incident considered High tackle in 30th minute (Crooks)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(b) Detail: High Tackle - Reckless Grade B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 03/04/13
Evidence provided DVD
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty plea
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 02 April 2013, you are charged with misconduct for a breach of Law 15.1(b) during the above Match. The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 30th minute of the Match. In the Panel’s opinion when attempting a tackle you made direct contact with the head of an opponent (Crooks). The Panel believed that you had the full body of your opponent to aim at and deemed this contact to be reckless with the potential to cause your opponent injury. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade B offence (High Tackle – Reckless – tried to tackle but reckless about outcome). 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 Craig Sandercock, Head coach pleads guilty to the offence on behalf of the player. Head coach Mr Sandercock feels this was a careless act as opposed to anything reckless. Mr Sandercock states he has told his player to lock up the ball. The player is looking away and tries to dislodge the ball but Mr Sandercock feels that it was merely a careless act. The player agrees with the submissions of his coach and tries to get over the ball but concedes he has hit the player in the face. The player is doing his best to stop a try.
Decision Guilty plea
Reasons for Decision
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 has been a role model since his arrival and has been working hard on his discipline. The player’s disciplinary offence for which he received a 12 week suspension was particularly controversial in Australia and the player has looked to learn lessons from this.
Aggravating Factors Potential for injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident carefully. The tackle is high and the player has got a significant distance to cover when reaching his opponent and has the entire body to aim at. The committee are satisfied the player went to hit the ball however the tackle has hit the player in the head there can be no doubt. The committee give the player some credit for a guilty plea, albeit to careless not reckless. The committee feel that it is reckless not careless. Coupled with the player’s disciplinary record the committee feel that a 2 match suspension and a £300 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 2 matches
Fine £300