The Lions fullback James Kamana, who recently joined the Lions from New Zealand, has been suspended for three weeks after a SANZAR judicial hearing held in Johannesburg on Tuesday found him guilty of dangerous play.
Rugby 365 reports that the hearing, chaired by Advocate Jannie Lubbe (SC), was called after Kamana was cited for a dangerous tackle on Cheetahs centre Robert Ebersohn during a Super Rugby clash in Bloemfontein last weekend. Kamana received a yellow card for the incident, which occurred during the 60th minute of the match.
The hearing found Kamana guilty on the charge of a dangerous tackle under Law 10.4 (j) that relates to lifting an opponent into the air and dropping him into the ground, commonly referred to as a “tip” tackle.
The player, who pleaded guilty to the charge, has the right to appeal.
This is the same length of suspension as the Force’s Rory Sidey received for a tip tackle on Odwa Ndungane which was a particularly heavy tackle.
Just recently the International Rugby Board has asked that action be more strictly taken against such tip/spear tackles. This suspension is the lowest recommended by the IRB.
The IRB’s recommendation
Lifting a Player from the ground and either dropping or driving that Player’s head and/or upper body into the ground whilst the Player’s feet are off the ground.
The IRB’s recommended suspensions are based on the scale of seriousness of the foul play.
The recommended suspensions are:
Lower End: 3 weeks
Mid Range: 6 weeks
Top End: 10+ weeks
Maximum: 52 weeksTweet