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Case Number ON/204/13
Name Justin Poore
Club Wakefield
Shirt Number 8
Match Wigan v Wakefield
Competition Super League
Date 07/04/13
Incident considered Punching in 10th minute (Farrell)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Punching Grade B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 09/04/13
Evidence provided DVD and Dismissal Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty plea
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 08 April 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 10th minute of the Match. You were dismissed from the field of play following this incident by the match referee. In the Panel’s opinion you reacted to an opponent and threw a punch in a violent manner. The Panel believed that this behaviour was serious misconduct, against the spirit of the game, and that your punch had the potential to cause injury. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade B offence (Strikes – Punching). 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 Player accompanied by Head Coach Richard Agar. Player pleads guilty to punching but argues there was considerable provocation by the opponent. Player accepts his actions were totally wrong and the coaching staff are addressing this problem. Mr Agar indicates that after the tackle was made the player goes to the ground and the opponent deliberately knees the player in the head. When both playesr get up the opponent jabs the player with his left hand in the face. Mr Agar concedes that the player reacts wrongly and throws a punch at his opponent. Feels the player is being targeted by opponents. The club are aware this type of reaction is not acceptable and are working on it with the player.
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 additional submissions
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Player has played for 10yrs in NRL and no previous history of dismissals for punching. Only one previous offence in SL for punching. Coach believes player has come from NRL and may be targeted by opponents. Dismissed on 10 minutes-missed whole of game.
Aggravating Factors Violent reaction-previous for punching in current season
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The tribunal have carefully watched the dvd on several occasions and listened of the submissions made by the player and his coach. The tribunal take into account the players admission of guilt. There may well have been provocation by the opponent in this instance but that is not the subject of this hearing. The reaction of this player is not an acceptable reaction of a professional player. It is noted the player appears to drop the ball prior to punching his opponent. This action was followed by a melee involving players from both teams, fortunately did this did not escalate the matter. It is noted the player has no previous history for violence in the NRL but this tribunal cannot disregard the punching offence earlier this season. The tribunal give the player credit for his admission and the fact that he was dismissed on 10 minutes and missed the majority of the game. Taking into account all the circumstances the tribunal feel that a 1 match suspension and £300 fine is appropriate. The tribunal warn this player he must be aware that reactions of this type will result in more severe sanctions.
Suspension 1 Match
Fine £300
Warning