Four-week ban for Nadolo

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Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo has been suspended for four weeks after being found guilty of making a dangerous tackle.

He performed the tackle on Brumbies scrum-half Tomás Cubelli by lifting him from the ground and placing him in a dangerous position.

The incident occurred in the 39th minute of the match between the Brumbies and Crusaders at GIO Stadium, Canberra last Sunday.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris assessed the case.

In his finding, Morris ruled the following: 

"Nemani Nadolo appeared before a SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer having been cited in the match between the Crusaders and the Brumbies for a breach of Law 10.4 (j). He was represented by Mr Aaron Lloyd.

"During the hearing the player pleaded guilty to the charge.

"After careful consideration of the available evidence and the very helpful submissions of Mr Lloyd the offence was categorised as low-end which carries a four week suspension.

"I took into account as mitigating factors the player's disciplinary record after a lengthy professional career, his guilty plea and the fact that the tackle was reckless rather than deliberate. The player was therefore given a two week discount on the original sanction creating a recommended sanction of two weeks.

"I took into account World Rugby memorandums about lifting tackles and the need to deter this very action from the game. As such I found it necessary to add two additional weeks to the recommended sanction.

"The player is accordingly suspended from all rugby for four weeks until 21 May 2016 which effectively is a three match Super Rugby suspension. We were provided with proof that he would have been selected to play in a club match on 30 April 2016, which the player will also miss as a result of the suspension."