The Australian flanker Dean Mumm has been given a one match ban after striking New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick.
— Dean Mumm (@DeanMumm) September 30, 2016
The incident took place during Saturday’s Test in Auckland and the Wallabies coach Michael Cheika initially laid the blame on Retallick.
As a result of the ban Mumm will now be missing the opening game of Australia’s northern hemisphere tour against Wales which will be taking place in Cardiff on November 5th.
Cheika, who broke into an outburst about a perceived lack of respect by the All Blacks after the team lost 37 – 10, defended Mumm at the disciplinary hearing. He laid the blame with Retallick saying that Mumm was just trying to escape his clutches, “He is trying to get back from being held illegally.”
Cheika also refused to congratulate the All Blacks after the game for achieving a world record 18th consecutive win.
The incident was initially missed by match officials and judicial officer Robert Selzner accepted an early guilty plea from Mumm and his claim that he was acting on instinct.
Selzner said, “His opponent was behind him when he tried to extricate himself from his opponent’s grip and in that process struck his opponent in the face with his elbow. The injury, which his opponent suffered as a result of the incident, did not prevent his opponent from playing on at the time of the incident.”
Mumm was cited for contravening Law 10.4 (a) which covers striking an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).
Despite playing on Retallick was diagnosed with a concussion at the end of the match but it is not known if that was a result of the blow from Mumm or not.