Mumm ban hits Waratahs
February 14, 2010
Dean Mumm saw yellow at Suncorp Stadium © Getty Images
The Waratahs will be without Wallaby flanker Dean Mumm for their South African tour after he was banned for two weeks following his side's derby victory over the Reds on Saturday.
Mumm was cited for a charge on Reds hooker Saia Faingaa in the second-half, an incident that was punished by referee Craig Joubert with a yellow card. His ban opens the door to Shute Shield rookie of the year Locky McCaffrey, who has been called into the squad to face the Bulls and Stormers.
Citings against Tahs lock Will Caldwell and his Reds counterpart Adam Byrnes were dismissed by the panel, with the duo facing serious charges of making contact with the eyes and biting respectively.
Both players gave evidence, with Byrnes telling the panel that he had felt no pressure to his eye, while Caldwell admitted that a cut to his finger was caused not by a bite but by the removal of his hand from Byrne's mouth accidentally.
Waratahs doctor Sharon Flahive gave evidence to judicial officer Paul Tully, stating the injury was caused by a ripping motion rather than a bite.
"There was no complaint from the other player involved, no reaction from other players in the region and there was no medical evidence of injury," Tully said of Caldwell's charge. "Dr. Flahive has more than 20 years' experience with sporting teams. I did find on both matters that while there were no breaches it was appropriate for the incidents to be forwarded by way of citing so I could examine the totality of the evidence."
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