Schoeman suspended for one week

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Cheetahs number eight Paul Schoeman has been suspended for one week for a "stiff arm" tackle against the Reds.

The SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC has accepted a guilty plea from Schoeman for contravening 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling of an opponent including the action known as the “stiff arm" tackle during the match between the Reds and Cheetahs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.

Schoeman has been suspended from all forms of the game for 1 week up to and including Saturday, May 7.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC assessed the case. In his finding, Hampton ruled the following:  "Paul Schoeman (the player) and his representatives appeared before me and admitted the dangerous tackling charge as cited.

"I found the tackle, through the use of the player's left arm making contact with the left face and, particularly, the left eye area of the Reds' player to be, objectively, dangerous.

"Given the player's explanation that with his left arm he was endeavouring to dislodge the ball from the tackled player's grasp, which explanation fitted with the views available on the video clips, I found the dangerous contact not to have been intentional, but rather the result of recklessness on his part.

"In all the circumstances, including the up-dated medical report on the opposing player, I found this to be lower end offending, with a starting point for sanction at a two-week suspension.

"Given the Player's age (23), his comparative inexperience (this, his first season of Super Rugby) and his previous 'unblemished' disciplinary record, I found a 'discount' should be appropriately allowed and reduced the sanction to one of a suspension for one week, up to and including Saturday, May 7.

"He accepted a one week period of suspension, taking him out of any involvement in rugby up to and including May 7 thus making him ineligible for the Cheetahs' next match vs the Waratahs next weekend."