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Case Number ON/174/14
Name Jon Wilkin
Club St Helens
Shirt Number 12
Match Wakefield v St Helens
Competition Super League
Date 23/03/14
Incident considered High tackle in 5th minute (Riley)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(b) Detail – Reckless – tried to tackle but reckless about outcome Grade – B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2 Match Ban
Date of Disciplinary Committee 25/03/14
Evidence provided DVD
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 5th minute of the above Match. In the Panel’s opinion in attempting to tackle your opponent (Riley) you were reckless about the outcome and made contact with the head of your opponent. The Panel believed that your actions were unnecessary and had 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 (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 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 CEO Mike Rush. Player pleads guilty. The player argues this is more careless tackle than reckless there was no intent to injure the opponent. At speed the player has only seconds to make a decision he is caught between two minds. Focusing on the ball and trying to knock the ball back and also trying to complete the tackle. Travelling at speed it is difficult to re-adjust. The opponent was also had contact with two other players who were pulling him down. The player himself is also dipping. The player and the club concede the end outcome was not great. There was no intent to injure the opponent and feel the action was more careless than reckless.
Decision Guilty plea
Reasons for Decision
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Pleads guilty to high tackle. Player has history but not for this type of tackle for several years-makes a large number of tackles in a season and since last similar offence about 3000 tackles-As a senior player aware of his responsibility and duty to safeguard other players-player showed remorse-was a split second decision-no intent to injure
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The DVD clearly shows what happened in this instance. The relevant part shows this player running back towards his own line and as he does so swings his forearm into the head of the opponent. The tribunal accept that at that point the player had a split second decision to make. The tribunal the player was off his feet enhancing the impetus of the contact with the opponents head. This tribunal are satisfied this action falls into reckless conduct rather than careless as argued by the player and his representative. The player is afforded credit for his plea of guilt but the tribunal note the player has a history of previous high tackles and taking into account all the surrounding circumstances this tribunal feel that a 2 match suspension and £300 fine are appropriate.
Suspension 2 Matches
Fine £300