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Case Number ON/271/13
Name Joe Collins
Club Warrington
Shirt Number 41
Match Bradford v Warrington
Competition Academy U19
Date 27/04/13
Incident considered High tackle in 79th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(b) Detail: High Tackle – tried to tackle but reckless about outcome Grade C
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 2-3
Date of Disciplinary Committee 07/05/13
Evidence provided DVD Dismissal Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty plea via email
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 02 May 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 79th minute of the Match. You were dismissed from the field of play following this incident. In the Panel’s opinion when attempting a tackle you used a swinging arm which made contact with the head of a Bradford player. 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 C offence (High Tackle - 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 2 to a 3 match suspension. In addition the Tribunal has the power to impose such fine as it considers reasonable. Under the RFL Disciplinary Guidelines you are not eligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Email from Director of Youth Performance, John Bastian pleading guilty on behalf of the player. Player is aware this type of tackle is not coached or tolerated at the club. Player has been subject of internal discipline and was not allowed to play in the game following this fixture. The coaching staff are taking steps to ensure this type of on field behaviour is not repeated.
Decision Guilty plea
Reasons for Decision
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction Aggravating factors potential for serious injury-injury was caused and opponent received lengthy treatment on the field-player has disciplinary history for reckless high tackle in February-request tribunal consider going outside of grading ( C ) in relation to sanction
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Guilty plea-subject of internal discipline
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury-injury caused-previous for similar offence this season
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The tribunal have carefully watched the dvd of this incident at length. There are obvious serious aspects to this tackle. The player appears to cock his arm to deliberately target the head of the opponent. Contact was clearly made with the opponents head and as such the tribunal feel on this occasion they should go outside of the C grading as charged.. The two aggravating factors being the potential for serious injury and a lengthy injury on field did ensue, and secondly the tribunal note this player has a previous record for a reckless high tackle within the last 6 weeks. Taking into account these factors the tribunal considered imposing a 6 match suspension. However the tribunal note the player has pleaded guilty. The tribunal also note the realistic way the club has imposed internal discipline and are obviously concerned for this players behaviour on the field. The tribunal feel the it should be emphasied to this player that this type of behaviour is not acceptable in rugby league.Taking into account all the surrounding circumstances the tribunal feel that a 5 match suspension and £25 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 5 matches
Fine £25
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