Sunday 23 July 2017

Video: Rugby player given a red card and a one-week ban after throwing a flurry of punches

Josh Mann-Rea fires a punch at Ollie Kebble
Josh Mann-Rea fires a punch at Ollie Kebble Newsdesk Newsdesk

ACT Brumbies' Josh Mann-Rea saw red lat the weekend for landing a number of punches on an opponent during the Super Rugby clash with the Cape Town Stormers.

The 35-year-old caught prop Ollie Kebble a number of times during the exchange with 17 minutes to go in the game on Saturday and when his side were only trailing by five points.

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Mann-Rea has apologised for his actions after his side ultimately slumped to a 31-11 defeat.

"Bongo [Mann-Rea's] punching was straight-up silly. ​It doesn't matter what sparked the incident, he shouldn't have thrown a punch. He's very disappointed, it was a usual sort of altercation as you come out of a maul with a bit of push and shove," said Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham.

"[Mann-Rea] has apologised ... he felt like he let everyone down and he's bitterly disappointed he threw a punch. But for mine, I'll have to look at it again, I don't think it should have been a red card."

SANZAAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris accepted a guilty plea from 35-year-old Mann-Rea for contravening Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking. Mann-Rea has therefore been suspended from all forms of the game for one week, up to and including Sunday 27 March 2016.

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