Super Rugby : Lions
Emirates Lions player Jaco Kriel has been cleared of any wrong doing in the Vodacom Super Rugby match over the weekend against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town.
Kriel was cited after the match for an incident when attempting to charge down the ball.
Coming out of the hearing on Wednesday morning Kriel was focused and relieved.
“I am very thankful for the way in which Sanzaar and the panel handled my case. I am just focusing on the game at hand against the Jaguares at home at Emirates Airline Park this weekend,” Kriel commented.
In his finding, the Judicial Committee Chairman Andre Oosthuizen ruled the following:
“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Frikkie Erasmus, the Judicial Committee concluded that the Red Card threshold had not been met to satisfy the citing and that the on field Yellow Card was sufficient.”
“The Judicial Committee found that the Player came into contact with the opposing Fly Half in the course of the Player attempting to charge down, that his action did not amount to an intentional late charge or obstruction and accordingly had not committed a transgression of Law 10.4(o).”
“The player is therefore free to resume playing.”