Duty Judicial Officer: Chris Morris
Player: Josh Mann-Rea
Team: Brumbies
Position: Hooker
Date of Incident: 19 March 2016
Nature of Offence: 10.4 (a) Punching or striking, A player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).
Elapsed time in match when offence occurred: 63rd minute

The SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris has accepted a guilty plea from Josh Mann-Rea of the Brumbies for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking in an incident that occurred in the 63rd minute during the match between the Stormers and Brumbies at DHL Newlands on 19 March 2016. Mann-Rea was red carded as a result of the incident.

Mann-Rea has been suspended from all forms of the game for one week, up to and including Sunday 27 March 2016.

SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris assessed the case.

In his finding, Morris ruled the following: "After initially reviewing the video footage, send off reports and other relevant materials, I heard from the player and his representatives. The player accepted a breach of the punching and striking law and identified the various factors involved in the incident.

"I considered the incident and the submissions made by the players representatives and formed the view that the offence had an entry point in the low end range which starts at a two-week suspension. 

"I did not consider there to be any aggravating factors to take into account. I did take the player admitting guilt for the offence into account as a mitigating factor. This entitles the player up to a 50 per cent reduction in sanction which I applied. This results in a one week suspension being imposed on the player. 

"The player is accordingly found to have contravened Law 10.4 (a) and is suspended for one week up to and including Sunday 27 March 2016."