Timani cops four-week Super Rugby ban


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    Melbourne Rebels back-rower Lopeti Timani has been suspended for four weeks by the SANZAAR judiciary for a knee to the head of Brumbies lock Rory Arnold.

    The flanker was cited for the incident in the 17th minute of the Rebels’ 19-17 Super Rugby win at AAMI Park on Saturday and copped a yellow card.

    Timani pleaded guilty to the charge and has been suspended from all forms of the game up to and including May 13.

    The ban could’ve been as long as eight weeks but the panel took into account Timani’s good disciplinary record and his apology to Arnold.

    “The Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play, which involved an intentional, but glancing, strike to an opponent’s head… merited a mid range entry point of 8 weeks,” the statement read.

    “However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s excellent judicial record, his on-field apology to the opposing player, his remorse and his early guilty plea, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 4 weeks.”

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    • Roar Guru

      April 17th 2017 @ 9:52am
      Machooka said | April 17th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

      Life’s full of learning experiences… Timani!?!

    • April 17th 2017 @ 2:07pm
      ClarkeG said | April 17th 2017 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

      I have to say the full 50% reduction is rather generous for an act of foul play that was deemed to be mid range on the scale.

      • April 17th 2017 @ 10:22pm
        Train Without A Station said | April 17th 2017 @ 10:22pm | ! Report

        Agreed. Should go buy a lotto ticket.

      • Roar Rookie

        April 19th 2017 @ 7:32am
        Dave_S said | April 19th 2017 @ 7:32am | ! Report

        Absolutely. How does this reconcile with the hard line approach to unintentional high tackles?

    • April 17th 2017 @ 9:08pm
      Red Menace said | April 17th 2017 @ 9:08pm | ! Report

      What disgrace. Everyone saw it was Arnold who attacked Timani’s knee with his head. Bloody Brumbies getting away it again, surely another reason to get rid of them.

    • Roar Rookie

      April 18th 2017 @ 11:20am
      piru said | April 18th 2017 @ 11:20am | ! Report

      Should have had a red – I was gobsmacked they let him off with a yellow.

      “You deliberately kneed him in the head, but because you half missed him it’s only a yellow”

      And was it the same bloke going for the face in fracas a bit later in the game?

      • Roar Guru

        April 18th 2017 @ 11:43am
        Train Without A Station said | April 18th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

        Plenty of refs have only penalized a player for a punch on the same basis.

        • Roar Rookie

          April 18th 2017 @ 12:04pm
          piru said | April 18th 2017 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

          Yep, and they’d be wrong too, a punch is a punch, if it connects – even if it’s a graze it must be a card.

          Calculated knee to the head of a defenceless player, I was amazed he wasn’t sent off.

      • Roar Guru

        April 18th 2017 @ 12:08pm
        Fionn said | April 18th 2017 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

        I thought it probably should have been a red when I saw it, not because it was so damaging, but because of the action, but because of the intent.

        • April 18th 2017 @ 1:26pm
          jameswm said | April 18th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

          He pulled back, but still connected.

          The bigger worry was why he would think about doing it in the first place.

          • April 18th 2017 @ 1:47pm
            Fionn said | April 18th 2017 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

            I agree with all that, James.

            • Roar Rookie

              April 18th 2017 @ 2:00pm
              piru said | April 18th 2017 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

              Absolute dog act in my opinion – I don’t know much about the player, but it shows a certain mindset

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