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Case Number ON/200/14
Name Justin Poore
Club Hull KR
Shirt Number 8
Match Hull KR v Bradford
Competition Super League
Date 23/03/14
Incident considered Dangerous Throw in 65th minute (Blythe)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(d) Detail – Other Dangerous Throw Charge – C
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 2-3 Match Ban
Date of Disciplinary Committee 25/03/14
Evidence provided DVD
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Not Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 65th minute of the above Match. In the Panel’s opinion in attempting to tackle your opponent (Blythe) you used a Dangerous Throw. The Panel believed that your actions were unnecessary and had the potential to cause your opponent serious injury. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade C offence (Other Dangerous Throw). 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 2 to 3 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 Craig Sandercock and CEO Mike Smith. Mr Smith in his submissions dispute this was a dangerous throw as per definition. The player was in control at all times. In a dangerous throw the head and neck have to make contact with the ground. This cannot be said in relation to this tackle as the opponent lands on his chest and the tackle warranted a penalty at the most. The player indicated he was third man into the tackle, grabbed opponents legs and was in control at all times and placed him safely on his front. Opponent did not land on head or neck. There was no flip or throw by the player. It is disputed any injury resulted. It was a leg lift but with minor force and this tackling player was in control at all times. Coached to slow play down and player put to ground safely
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision The tribunal have carefully watched the DVD and are satisfied that in the initial stages the tackle appeared to be ok. The player is then seen to lift the legs of the tackled player higher and harder. This immediately posed a possibility of injury to the opponent as he was placed in a dangerous position. A dangerous throw requires contact with the ground by the head or neck of the opponent. This tribunal feel the DVD shows such contact in this instance and the tribunal feel that a dangerous throw was performed by this player and he is guilty.
 
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 Mr Smith asks for consistency in citing offences-dispute the grade C grading in this case-there have been other instances of similar offences that have gone unpunished-requested it be minuted that the club had made a request to show other instances but that request was refused by tribunal
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision This type of tackle has the potential for serious injury. The tribunal note this player has a poor recent disciplinary record. Taking into account all the surrounding circumstances the tribunal feel that a 3 match suspension and £300 fine are appropriate.
Suspension 3 Matches
Fine £300
Warning