CRU dismiss Witt appeal

LENNOX HEAD have exhausted all avenues of appeal over the suspension of their captain Harry Witt and his six-month sentence on trampling charges will stand.

Lennox Head appealed to the Country Rugby Union (CRU) over the harsh sentence which was handed down after a fiery final-round encounter against Lismore City.

The club submitted videotape of the game but the CRU agreed with the Far North Coast rugby union's own appeals tribunal which deemed it didn't disprove the original match referee's version of events.

“I haven't got the full story yet but the decision hasn't altered and the six-month sentence stands,” Trojans club president Barry Kiddle said.

“I understand that because the vision doesn't show him not doing it they had to take the referee's word that it was intentional.”

While the Trojans didn't hold out much hope that Witt would be cleared in time to play in this weekend's grand final against Lismore, they did hope to clear his name by appealing to the CRU.

“We wanted to remove the accusation that it was deliberate, intentional and malicious and we still don't believe that was the case,” Kiddle said.

The Trojans face Lismore in Saturday's grand final at Crozier Field. It's the first time the two teams have met since that incident-packed final round.

Kiddle warned that his players would have to be on their 'best behaviour'.

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