3 May 2015

Judicial date for Lowe after three yellow cards

2:58 pm on 3 May 2015

The Chiefs winger James Lowe will appear before the Super Rugby judiciary after receiving a third yellow card in the 2015 season.

SANZAR rules require a hearing for players who have received three yellow cards to determine whether any further penalty should be imposed for persistent foul play.

James Lowe is yellow carded by referee Mike Fraser in February, 2015

James Lowe is yellow carded by referee Mike Fraser in February, 2015 Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Lowe was sin-binned for the third time this season during the Chiefs' one point loss to the Rebels in Melbourne.

The referee Andrew Lees deemed Lowe to have deliberately kicked the Rebel Tamati Ellison who appeared to pulling the Chiefs player's jersey and holding him back from rejoining play after a ruck.

Lowe received his punishment from Lees with no protest.

His first yellow card of the year was issued for taking a player out in the air during the Chiefs' third round win over the Crusaders in Hamilton.

He was controversially awarded the second a week later in Dunedin for a dangerous tackle on the Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa.

The All Black was upended and fell awkwardly on his neck and shoulder although television commentators felt it didn't appear as though Fekitoa was deliberately tipped by Lowe.

The commentator Justin Marshall suggested Fekitoa was flipped as a result of jumping into Lowe's tackle.

Under SANZAR judicial rules the player is sent copies of the match officials' reports in relation to each incident and is advised that the purpose of the hearing is to consider the circumstances in which each yellow card was imposed.

The hearing is to be considered in the first instance by the SANZAR judicial officer Nicholas Davidson QC.