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22nd of October 2018


Mitre 10 Cup - Jesse Parete cited for dangerous play

Taranaki lock Jesse Parete has been suspended for two weeks for dangerous play in his team’s Mitre 10 Cup match against Waikato on Sunday 9 September.

Parete was cited under law 9. 12 for the alleged incident in the 30th minute of the match. Waikato won 33-19.

The citing commissioners report alleged Parete targeted the neck and head area of the opposition player with his elbow. The opposition player received treatment but continued playing.

New Zealand Rugby Judicial Officer Roger Drummond said it was a reckless action but not intentional and the initial contact was on the back of the player, making it a low end offence with an entry level sanction of a two week suspension.

Parete accepted responsibility and apologised to the opposition player after the match, but Mr Drummond said this did not allow a reduction in suspension as the action was reckless and could have caused serious injury.

Parete’s suspension will see him miss Taranaki’s matches against Tasman (14 September) and Auckland (22 September).

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