Three-week suspensions handed down

AN incident during the Ngatapa-versus-Pirates premier rugby match at the Campion College grounds last weekend resulted in a complaint being forwarded to the Poverty Bay Rugby Union.

The complaint was referred to the union’s complaint review officer, who required a substituted player (Simone Akurangi) and a spectator (Brad Kiwara), who entered the playing enclosure unauthorised, to appear before the judiciary.

“Both accepted that they had entered the field unauthorised and the sanction of three-week suspension was placed on both,” Poverty Bay Rugby Union chief executive Marty Davis said.

“It is the responsibility of referees and their assistants, plus team captains, to control ill-disciplined players, and any involvement by spectators or other team members not on the field brings the sport of rugby into disrepute.

“This must be stopped and the three-week suspension sends a clear message that it is unacceptable.

“We have completed the first round of the competition — six weeks without a single complaint or judicial appearance in the premier competition.

“Players, management and clubs have been vigilant in improving behaviour and this incident, while disappointing, is a one-off.

“I remain confident Poverty Bay clubs will continue to take responsibility for their players and supporters, encouraging sportsmanlike behaviour throughout the season.”

AN incident during the Ngatapa-versus-Pirates premier rugby match at the Campion College grounds last weekend resulted in a complaint being forwarded to the Poverty Bay Rugby Union.

The complaint was referred to the union’s complaint review officer, who required a substituted player (Simone Akurangi) and a spectator (Brad Kiwara), who entered the playing enclosure unauthorised, to appear before the judiciary.

“Both accepted that they had entered the field unauthorised and the sanction of three-week suspension was placed on both,” Poverty Bay Rugby Union chief executive Marty Davis said.

“It is the responsibility of referees and their assistants, plus team captains, to control ill-disciplined players, and any involvement by spectators or other team members not on the field brings the sport of rugby into disrepute.

“This must be stopped and the three-week suspension sends a clear message that it is unacceptable.

“We have completed the first round of the competition — six weeks without a single complaint or judicial appearance in the premier competition.

“Players, management and clubs have been vigilant in improving behaviour and this incident, while disappointing, is a one-off.

“I remain confident Poverty Bay clubs will continue to take responsibility for their players and supporters, encouraging sportsmanlike behaviour throughout the season.”

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