Yeah well, that's a very valid point Jerry. They're both just as likely to rubbed out for the rest of the season as they are to be personally chauffeured to the airport...
I would imagine the hips are the 'equator' for the purposes of the law, and everything north of that is "upper body".
And though I said yesterday that I thought Skelton might be OK, the wording of Law 10.4(j) - which is what he's been judged to have contravened - could easily apply to Skelton's part in the tackle, too.
Law 10.4(j): "Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst 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 key words in that, I think, are "Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player" and "whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground".
Now, even without Latu, Skelton does lift Whitelock; it's clear in the clip. And though I thought initially he let go as Latu continued to drive up and over, Skelton does maintain a grasp all the way through the downward motion.
That could easily be enough to earn some time off.
What is going to be interesting come 3:30pm today is how the Waratahs attempt to explain it all in such a way that defending one player doesn't throw the other under the bus.
And then, as you rightly wonder, how the SANZAR judicial officer apportions blame to either or both players.
I still think Latu is in the most trouble, but Skelton has reason to be nervous, too..
Will, I'll just post what I replied with to Peter yesterday, who similarly thought Whitelock came down on his side...
"...he did hit the ground tipped - only Whitelock putting his arm down stopped him being dropped on his shoulder. When his arm contacts the ground, his left leg is at about 8 o'clock, and his right is nearly vertical.
Skelton might be OK, but Latu is in some trouble, I suspect.."
Here's the Fox Sports clip: http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/super-rugby/match-centre/match-live?matchid=SRU20151504&videoid=SRU20151504_WAR_RSBIN