A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Quade Cooper ofthe Reds guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (e) after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.
Cooper has been suspended for one week.
The incident occurred in the 63rd minuteof the match between the Reds and Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday 14th July 2012.
The SANZAR Judicial Hearing held via video conference at 2pm AEST, 4pm NZ Time and 6am SA Time on 16th July was heard by Paul Tully.
In his finding, Mr Tully ruled the following:
Whilst in the process of a tackle on Berrick Barnes,there was principle contact with the chest but also with the neck such as to make the tackle dangerous in contravention of Law 10.4 (e). Mr Cooper’s record is unblemished save for a two-week suspension in 2010. He has played Super Rugby for the past six years as well as a significant number of Test Matches for Australia during this time. It is also a matter of significance that the SANZAR Rules allow consideration be given to the importance of games to be played during the Super Rugby Finals Series and as such, this has been taken into account as a mitigating circumstance.