26 Apr 2016

Emery gets four-week ban for aerial tackle

11:32 am on 26 April 2016

Highlanders centre Jason Emery has been suspended from the Super Rugby competition for four weeks after pleading guilty to a dangerous tackle charge.

Sharks fullback Willie Le Roux and the Highlanders' Jason Emery clash, Dunedin, Friday, April 22, 2016. Photo: Dianne Manson / www.photosport.nz

Sharks fullback Willie Le Roux (mid-air) clashes with the Highlanders' Jason Emery (on ground) Photo: Photosport

Emery was red-carded in the Highlanders' 15-14 loss to the Sharks in Dunedin on Friday after tackling Willie le Roux while the South African fullback was jumping for the ball.

Le Roux landed on his neck and was tested for concussion before returning to the field later in the match.

A SANZAAR Judicial Hearing found Emery guilty but took into account the player's exemplary clean record after 70 first class matches and his apology in person to Le Roux immediately after the match and a further apology later on social media.

Other mitigating factors were his guilty plea and the fact that the tackle in the air was more reckless than deliberate.

Emery was therefore given a two-week discount on the recommended sanction of six weeks.

Jason Emery is red-carded after clashing with Willie Le Roux in the Highlanders-Sharks match.

Jason Emery receives a red card after the tackle. Photo: PHOTOSPORT