Sharks’ appeal dismissed

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 17 Apr 2008 at 11:19

The SANZAR appeal committee has dismissed an appeal by the Sharks franchise against a six-week suspension given to Sharks player Epi Taione.

Taione was given the suspension by SANZAR judicial officer Nicholas Davidson QC for a head strike in the Super 14 rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Sharks in Wellington on April 5.

The hearing took place by teleconference Thursday. The committee was chaired by Chris Morris (New Zealand) with Jannie Lubbe SC (South Africa) and Dennis Wheelahan QC (Australia) also on the panel.

Taione was represented by Sharks franchise CEO Brian van Zyl and Sharks commercial manager Rudolf Straueli.

Morris said the Sharks had submitted in their appeal that the six-week suspension was too harsh; that Taione should have been charged with dangerous charging which carried a lower entry point for sanction; and that the act was not intentional.

Morris said after weighing up all the evidence and submissions, the committee found that Davidson was correct in his judgement regarding the charge and in his subsequent finding. As a result the six-week suspension stood and the Appeal was dismissed.



  • Not all that surprising, I’m afraid. The video evidence just plain does not substantiate Epi’s version of the incident. It doesn’t look like a reckless clean- it looks like an intentional head butt

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.04.08 11:29:18 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • I imagine we would all have been outraged if Taione had been playing for a NZ side ( given he’s Tongan, not hard to imagine ) and he had almost decapitated a Kankowski or Muller. Then 6 weeks would seem an appropriate punishment.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.04.08 11:39:45 by yossarian Reply

  • Yoss! Long time

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.04.08 11:47:47 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Yeah, I started a new job. Have worked hard enough to make a good impression, so I can start goofing off again 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.04.08 11:59:28 by yossarian Reply

  • hope you’ve got all that silliness behind you now 😉

    Life’s too short to work hard.

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.04.08 12:25:45 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • He he. I had myself in a good position where I was self employed. Was able to manage that very well ito not killing myself with work.

    But I am planning a big move soon and just felt like having a steady job in my recent history as opposed to consulting to a number of clients. :mrgreen:

    Fortuitously one of my clients just wanted more and more of my time – so we have come to a suitable arrangement 🙂

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.04.08 12:31:58 by yossarian Reply

  • big move? Where to?

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.04.08 12:37:13 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Applied to go to NZ. If it doesn’t work out or we change our minds we will spend some time in the UK.

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.04.08 12:44:52 by yossarian Reply

  • UK is fun… you can come visit me and we can go out and binge-drink! 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.04.08 12:48:41 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Rob, sounds like fun. Binge drinking is a favourite hobby of mine.

    That goes under Things I will miss amout SA – cheap piss ups.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.04.08 13:59:05 by yossarian Reply

  • where in New Zealand are you planning on going? Going to join the JAFA club?

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.04.08 14:01:20 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Probably, yes. I have some family and good friends in AUK.

    It also depends on jobs. I am in software dev which there is a lot of in Christchurch.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.04.08 14:11:59 by yossarian Reply

  • Software development? What sort?

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.04.08 14:15:32 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • I am writing an in house c# windows application at the moment. It has elements of CRM, ties into Pastel Accounts and Heat Call Logging and will one day take over the world. :evil laugh:

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.04.08 14:18:09 by yossarian Reply

  • yoss, I got a job for you in Belgium if you are a .net wizard with a penchant for writing web app’s 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.04.08 14:23:20 by Ollie Reply

  • I tell you – my son is in IT and please don’t ask me exactly what he does – I would not be able to tell you.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.04.08 14:30:06 by Nessa Reply

  • Ollie, I have written 2 very small web apps in C# , so hardly a wiz in that direction 😀

    But I am ideally looking for a place to settle with my family . That is why NZ is my preference at the moment – good for families and easier for English speaking saffas to assimilate.

    I will probably feel like a foreigner wherever I go, but I want my youngster to grow up with a sense of belonging and community.

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.04.08 14:30:51 by yossarian Reply

  • Ness, I’m in IT and I don’t know exactly what I do 🙄 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.04.08 14:34:03 by Ollie Reply

  • Ollie – I feel much better now. 😀

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.04.08 14:36:47 by Nessa Reply

  • I do know he does something called “data warehousing” and he trains people in Crystal software (whatever that is). All very complicated.

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.04.08 14:37:19 by Nessa Reply

  • There are 10 types of people in the world.

    Those who understand IT, and those who don’t.

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.04.08 14:42:21 by yossarian Reply

  • 😉

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.04.08 14:43:30 by yossarian Reply

  • Yos – you aren’t telling me something I don’t already know. 😀

  • Comment 23, posted at 17.04.08 14:50:59 by Nessa Reply

  • Gah! M$ types… don’t you know Java has already taken over the world?

    Says he whose site runs on PHP 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 17.04.08 14:54:15 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Rob – now you are just making it worse! 🙁

  • Comment 25, posted at 17.04.08 14:55:50 by Nessa Reply

  • LOLlll11111!!!!!!

    I R 2 L33t 4 U 5u>

  • Comment 26, posted at 17.04.08 14:58:17 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • I rest my case! These IT people are a breed unto themselves. 😉

    A good old legal secretary – that’s what I am – nothing more, nothing less.

  • Comment 27, posted at 17.04.08 15:03:01 by Nessa Reply

  • Rob, hate to tell you but java is becoming old news

  • Comment 28, posted at 17.04.08 15:08:06 by Ollie Reply

  • Comment 21 of 28, posted at 17.04.08 14:42:21 by yossarian

    Not many people got that one, yoss. 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 17.04.08 15:08:42 by Ollie Reply

  • Nessa, that’s cool. My mom is a legal ( conveyancing ) secretary. Her eyes generally glaze over when my bro and I get together.

    Rob, nice leet speak 😉 Did ypou grow up with a modem and Commodore 64 by any chance ?

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.04.08 15:11:36 by yossarian Reply

  • I work in IT and i know exactly what i do…..i watch movies and blog on Sharksworld .

  • Comment 31, posted at 17.04.08 15:22:18 by Clayton Reply
  • Yos – we have eyes that are permanently glazed over – it is the only way to survive this boring job!

    I do corporate legal – we do financing for aircraft. Both my sisters do conveyancing.

  • Comment 32, posted at 17.04.08 15:23:42 by Nessa Reply

  • LOL @ Clayton! 😉 So you sort of do what Rob does?

  • Comment 33, posted at 17.04.08 15:24:13 by Nessa Reply

  • Im a lowly tech,so i actually do less work than what Rob does.

  • Comment 34, posted at 17.04.08 15:25:50 by Clayton Reply
  • Don’t worry Clayton. People like Rob and I will soon become redundant when all software dev everywhere in the world is eventaully out sourced to India. Where they pay 70 rupees ( about 20 cents ) an hour for the same work ( watching movies, blogging, making up in house jokes and generally effing around 😀 )

  • Comment 35, posted at 17.04.08 15:33:54 by yossarian Reply

  • yoss, not too mention driving the yanks crazy at the help centres because they can’t understand the Indian accent 😆

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.04.08 16:01:55 by Ollie Reply

  • hey now! Did I ever say I was a programmer? I’m a consultant… I tell the people in India what to do.

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.04.08 16:05:38 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Clayton – not sure it’s possible to do even less work that me 😉

    Shit – hope my boss isn’t reading this! 😉

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.04.08 16:06:20 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Consultant – someone who borrows your watch and then charges you to tell you the time 😉

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.04.08 16:09:52 by yossarian Reply

  • Rob, what do you consult in ? When I am not wearing my developer hat, I am also a CRM consultant.

  • Comment 40, posted at 17.04.08 16:11:07 by yossarian Reply

  • Security and Identity Management. It’s a “new black” kinda thing 😉

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.04.08 16:15:19 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • ok. do you get to attend hacker conferences ?

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.04.08 16:17:00 by yossarian Reply

  • #41
    So jy verkoop SIM kaarte? 😀

  • Comment 43, posted at 17.04.08 16:18:22 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

  • laters. I now attend my second job – daddy man

    they don’t pay a cent – in fact I pay money in, but I am getting a lot from the work. 😀

  • Comment 44, posted at 17.04.08 16:21:34 by yossarian Reply

  • Lol funny that i do IT work in a callcentre, not an indian in site though.

  • Comment 45, posted at 17.04.08 16:23:10 by Clayton Reply
  • no… I am more on the IDM side than the traditional security side.

    One of my colleagues is a proper “white hat” though

  • Comment 46, posted at 17.04.08 16:29:37 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Damn

    And he had such a good appeal. They are screwing us unfairly again 🙄 😉

  • Comment 47, posted at 17.04.08 22:38:21 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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