Highlanders flyhalf Daniel Bowden has been suspended for one week after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle in the Super 14 match against the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium on Saturday, 23 February 2008.
Super14.com reports that Bowden faced a SANZAR Judicial Officer in Canberra this morning after being cited by Citing Commissioner Scott Rowland over a tackle on Brumbies prop Guy Shepherdson in the fifth minute of the match.
Bowden was penalised and cautioned at the time of the incident by referee Craig Joubert. Following the disciplinary hearing today, Bowden has been suspended until after Saturday, 1 March 2008.
SANZAR Judicial Officer Campbell Thomson conducted the disciplinary hearing. Bowden was in attendance, with the Highlanders flyhalf represented by team manager Greg O’Brien.
After careful consideration of all the evidence, including video footage and submissions made on behalf of Bowden, the Judicial Officer found that the offence qualified as a Dangerous Tackle under Law 10.4(e) which provides “that a player must not tackle dangerously”.
Mr Thomson found Bowden lifted Shepherdson above the horizontal and failed to bring the Brumbies prop safely back to ground. The Judicial Officer also found that the referee could not see the whole incident.
The entry point for a Dangerous Tackle under Law 10.4(e) is two weeks and Mr Thomson, finding the incident in question was reckless rather than intentional, categorised the tackle as an entry point offence.
After taking into account mitigating factors, including the fact Bowden has no record for misconduct on the field, Mr Thomson found the penalty should be reduced to one week.Tweet