Jaguares and Argentina No8 Leonardo Senatore has received a 10 week ban after being found guilty of biting Keegan Daniel during the Jaguares clash with the Sharks on Saturday.
The ex-Toulon and Worcester Warriors N08 cum Flanker bit Daniel as the two grappled in a ruck towards the end of his team’s narrow 22-25 defeat to the South African franchise.
Unfortunatley this isn’t the first time the abrasive 32-year old has been found guilty of biting an opponent. In August 2013 he was banned for 9 weeks for biting South African second row Eben Etzebeth during the sides Rugby Championship clash in Argentina, in which the Boks triumphed 22-17.
Mysteriousley, despite having previous in this area he has received only a ten week ban, reduced from World Rugby’s prescribed minimum punishment of 12 weeks. The maxiumum ban for such an offence is 4 years.
A three man SANZAAR judicial committee found the Jaguares star guilty of breaking World Rugby’s Law 10.4 (m)-‘Acts contrary to good sportsmanship’ (planetrugby)
SANZAAR released a statement on Monday saying:
”The judicial committee deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of 12 weeks. The committee then added two weeks for aggravation as this was the player’s second offence for biting.
“However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s good character, his playing record and his disciplinary record the committee reduced the suspension to a period of 10 weeks.”
Tough tackling Senatore will miss the rest of the Super 18 group phase, as well as Argentina’s three Rugby Championship warm-up matches against Italy and France in June.
But he will be available for his nation’s opening Rugby Championship match away to South Africa on August the 20th, as the South Americans look to continue their scintillating World Cup form into the tournament.
As rugby comes to terms with another unsavoury incident, questions will be asked about the leniency of Senatore’s ban.
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