O’Connor ends Super Rugby season with suspension

first_imgPERTH, AUSTRALIA – MAY 21: James O’Connor of the Force sets the ball up for a penalty kick during the round 14 Super Rugby match between the Force and the Brumbies at nib Stadium on May 21, 2011 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images) The Emirates Western Force will not appeal the sanction. The incident took place in the opening half of the club’s Super Rugby match at nib Stadium on Saturday evening and O’Connor was cited by video following the game. After a hearing, SANZAR Judicial Officer, Michael Cashman found the offence proved and categorised it at the low end of seriousness. Taking account of mitigating factors and noting the absence of any aggravating features, he reduced the sanction of three weeks to a one week suspension. This is the first time O’Connor has appeared before a SANZAR tribunal in his 38 match Super Rugby career. O’Connor suspended for a dangerous tackle on James HorwillEmirates Western Force back James O’Connor will miss the club’s final match of the season against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday night after being suspended at a SANZAR hearing. O’Connor was found guilty of dangerous play after being cited under Foul Play Law 10.4 (j) for the dangerous lifting and dropping of Reds captain James Horwill. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img