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21st of October 2018


Mitre 10 Cup - Ben May cited for foul play

A citing against Hawke’s Bay prop Ben May for foul play in his team’s Mitre 10 Cup match against Bay of Plenty on 8 September has been dismissed.

May was cited for deliberately pushing the referee causing him to fall to the ground, contrary to law 9.27. In the Citing Commissioner report, it was noted May was on defence and while he had other options available to him, instead of avoiding the referee he deliberately pushed him in the back.

After considering the evidence from May and video evidence of the incident, Judicial Officer Helen Morgan found there was a technical breach of the law but it was not sufficient enough to justify a citing.

Mrs Morgan found the contact by the player on the referee was not deliberate and was a clumsy response to the attack by a nimble opponent.

This citing was not upheld, and May was free for selection for his team’s match against Waikato on 13 September.

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