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So’oialo gets one week suspension

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 16 Feb 2009 at 09:04
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Hurricanes captain Rodney So’oialo has been suspended for one week for carelessly trampling on a player in the Hurricanes and Waratahs Super 14 match at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday night.

Super 14.com reports that So’oialo was cited by Citing Commissioner John Wootton for allegedly stamping or trampling on Waratahs player Phil Waugh in the 65th minute of the match, and appeared before SANZAR Judicial Officer Bruce Squire QC at the New Zealand Rugby Union offices in Wellington this afternoon.

So’oialo was represented by counsel Tim Castle and supported by Hurricanes coach Colin Cooper and manager Tony Ward.

At the hearing Mr Squire received reports from the match referee and assistant referees, viewed video footage of the incident and heard evidence from So’oialo, his Hurricanes coach and team manager.

Having viewed the video footage, Mr Squire indicated there was reason to believe that the boot of another player, not So’oialo, was possibly responsible for the head injury to Waugh.

Although So’oialo conceded his boot had made contact with Waugh’s head, the point of contact appeared, from the videotape, to be different from that where the injury had been sustained.

Mr Squire found the contact So’oialo made with Waugh was clearly not intentional but, nonetheless, found that it demonstrated an unacceptable degree of carelessness and risk of injury to that player.

For that reason, the citing complaint was made out.

In relation to penalty, a number of features were advanced including So’oialo’s largely unblemished record and his reputation and stature as a senior rugby player.

Mr Squire also heard evidence from the coach and manager of the Hurricanes team as to the leadership role So’oialo had within the Hurricanes team make-up and other services, largely unpublicised, he has performed for the community.

In the result, and because the act for which he was cited was accepted as being at the lower end of the applicable scale of culpability, So’oialo was suspended for one week up to and including 23 February 2009.

As a result, So’oialo will be unavailable for selection for the Hurricanes’ next match against the Highlanders in Wellington this Friday.


  • bollocks. He’s in my Fantasy League team

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.02.09 09:11:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • I have no problem with him getting only one week in light of the fact that they could not say forsure it was his boot that caused the damege, but this statement below is just plain bollocks.

    act for which he was cited was accepted as being at the lower end of the applicable scale of culpability,

    Since when is a citation for putting a boot on a players head at the lower end of the scale??????????

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.02.09 09:17:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • There was another incident later, Waratahs player raking a Hurricanes player’s head on the gorund. Don’t tell me because the ref missed it, that was OK?

    Even the commentators suggested there would be 2 citings after the game? This is just plane crazy!

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.02.09 09:47:35 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 3) :

    That was Palu. He got off with no suspension after his hearing.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.02.09 09:49:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Palu cleared of stamping charge

    Australia and Waratahs loose forward Wycliff Palu was cleared of a stamping and trampling charge when he appeared at a Super 14 rugby judicial hearing on Sunday.

    Palu was cited for trampling on Wellington Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush during Saturday night’s match at Wellington, a 26-22 Waratahs win.

    SANZAR judicial commissioner Bruce Squire considered video footage of the incident before clearing Palu.

    Squire said it was clear from viewing television camera angles that were not available to the citing commissioner or broadcast on TV that Palu had stepped over Thrush.

    Any contact had been accidental and had occurred as Thrush attempted to get to his feet as Palu stepped over him, he said.

    Hurricanes captain Rodney So’oialo was also cited for stamping and trampling on his Waratahs opposite Phil Waugh and will face a judicial hearing in Wellington on Monday.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.02.09 09:50:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Thanks, I felt differently at the time, but I guess the video evidence proves me wrong!

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.02.09 09:53:58 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 6) :

    I didn’t have the luxury of a slow motion replay either, but i was with you. I thought at the time that he deserved a citing as well.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.02.09 09:55:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Bet if it was a SA player he’d have got 4 weeks. In So’ialo’s case, a SA player would have got 2 years!!!!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.02.09 10:00:41 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 8) :

    If they can have merit based referees why can’t they have neutral judicial officers.

    What exactly does So’oialo doing community work have to do with him stapping on someones head?

    Best we get all the Saffas to start doing community work so they can get sentences on a par with their Kiwi and convict counterparts.

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.02.09 10:04:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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