It is bad news for Waratahs pair Will Skelton and Silatolu Latu, whose appeals at respective two and four week suspensions were turned down on Thursday. At a SANZAR judicial hearing, SANZAR Judicial Officer, Robert Stelzner SC, found Latu guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground while that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play. The player was suspended for four weeks.
Similarly Skelton was found guilty on contravening the same Law 10.4 (j). A SANZAR Appeals Committee, chaired by Lex Mpati (South Africa) and comprising Adam Casselden (Australia) and Chris Morris (New Zealand) unanimously dismissed the appeals brought by the Waratahs against the sanction imposed from a judicial hearing that found Latu and Skelton guilty of contravening the aforementioned laws. The Committee dismissed the appeals on the basis that the players were unable to persuade its opinion that the sanction was manifestly excessive.
As such, the players remain suspended from all forms of the game for the imposed periods. No order was made for costs.