Thorn cited for Smittie spear

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 5 Jul 2008 at 20:56
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All Blacks lock Brad Thorn has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle in the Tri-Nations match between New Zealand and the Springboks at Westpac Stadium, Wellington on Saturday.

Thorn was cited by Citing Commissioner Tim Harland for the tackle on Springboks hooker John Smit in the sixth minute of the first half.

Thorn will appear before SANZAR Judicial Officer Dennis Wheelahan QC at the New Zealand Rugby Union offices on Sunday. The time of the hearing is yet to be determined.

The incident stemmed from the early stages of the opening Tri-Nations Test, when both teams showed a lot of aggression.

From television footage, it appeared that Thorn not only executed a high tackle, but also leaned with an elbow into the face of a Springbok player, before lifting up and dumping Bok skipper John Smit in a movement that resembled a spear tackle.

Referee Stuart Dickinson, who had a poor match in general, did not card Thorn for the blatant offence.

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