James Horwill In Hot Water After Red Card

James Horwill of the Reds received a red card for foul play during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.  Horwill was issued a yellow card on two separate occasions for 10.3 (b) Repeated infringements by the team in the 48th and 75th minutes of the match between the Brumbies and the Reds at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Friday, and was consequently shown a red card.  The case is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nicholas Davidson QC.

All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.  For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO.

Meanwhile, Nic Stirzaker and Scott Higginbotham of the Rebels have been cited for alleged foul play in the fixture against the Crusaders in Christchurch.  The Melbourne pair are alleged to have contravened 10.4 (b) Stamping or trampling during the match.  The referee for the match, Nick Briant, issued yellow cards for the respective incidents.

Upon further review of the match footage, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incidents had met the red card threshold for foul play.  The citings are to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nicholas Davidson QC.