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Qantas Wallabies captain, James Horwill, has been cleared to play in the second Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour after the charge of stamping or trampling on an opponent was not upheld.
The Qantas Wallabies captain was cited under Law 10.4 b, a player must not stamp or trample on an opponent.
Horwill was alleged to have stamped or trampled on British & Irish Lions’ lock, Alun Wyn Jones, in the third minute of the opening Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour in Brisbane on Saturday night.
In handing down his decision, Judicial Officer, Nigel Hampton QC found that on the balance of probabilities he could not find an intentional or deliberate action of stamping or trampling.
“After hearing all the evidence I could not find that when James Horwill’s right foot came into glancing contact with Alun Wyn Jones’ face, that he Horwill was acting recklessly,” Mr Hampton said.
“I found that I could not reject as being implausible or improbable Horwill’s explanation that as he was driving forward with his right leg raised he was spun off balance through the impact of Lions players entering the ruck from the opposite side.
“In an endeavour to regain his balance Horwill brought his right leg to the ground unknowing that Alun Wyn Jones’ head was in that area, due to having his sight impeded by the presence of Michael Hooper and Tom Croft who were beneath him and over the top of Alun Wyn Jones.
“Due to these reasons I cannot uphold the citing.”
James Horwill will now be free to play in the second Test of the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.