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Case Number ON/312/13
Name Corey Patterson
Club Hull KR
Shirt Number 12
Match Hull KR v Wigan
Competition Challenge Cup
Date 12/05/13
Incident considered High tackle in 10th minute (Green)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Strikes with hand arm or shoulder - Reckless Grade D
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 3-5
Date of Disciplinary Committee 14/05/13
Evidence provided DVD On Field 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 13 May 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 placed on report by the match referee following the incident. In the Panel’s opinion when attempting a tackle you made contact with the head of your opponent (Green) with your shoulder/upper arm. 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 D offence (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 3 to a 5 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 the severity of the charge.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player appears and is accompanied by Head Coach Craig Sandercock. Player pleads guilty to careless contact with the opponents head. Player plays hard but fair. Was high contact with opponents head but argues careless contact rather than reckless. Initial contact was shoulder to shoulder and then it bounced up off the shoulder to the opponents head. The player had to make the tackle and accepts his technique was poor on this occasion. Plays the game hard but does not go out to intentionally injure an opponent. No adverse reaction from opponents Coaching staff are working on his technique. Player apologised to opponent and has shown remorse for the injury sustained.
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction No additional submissions other than to introduce a medical report from Wigan-received on afternoon of hearing
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Pleaded guilty and shown genuine remorse-not the type of player to go out to injure an opponent
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The tribunal have carefully watched the dvd on several occasions. They are satisfied that this was a reckless tackle rather than a careless tackle. The player sets himself to make the tackle and moves upwards towards the opponent with a swinging arm and towards the end of the tackle the players feet are off the ground. Contact is high on the opponents head and had potential for serious injury. Injury was caused in the form of concussion and an ankle injury. The tribunal have taken into consideration the players plea of guilt, the remorse shown, and the fact that his disciplinary record in the NRL is good. However the tribunal feel this is a serious incident and feel that a 4 match suspension and £300 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 4 matches
Fine £300
Warning