Johnny Fa’auli has received a six-week suspension for a dangerous tackle on Wes Goosen.
The Hurricanes wing left the field in the 62nd minute and failed a head injury assessment, which means he is set to miss Friday’s quarter-final rematch in Wellington. He was cleared of a fractured jaw.
In his findings, Sanzaar foul play review committee chairman Nigel Hampton deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks.
‘The committee added two weeks to the entry point as aggravation for the fact [Fa’auli] has two previous offences of a similar nature on his judicial record and as a personal deterrent to combat a pattern of such offending by the player.
‘However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s expressed remorse and his plea of guilty at the earliest possible opportunity, the committee reduced the suspension to six weeks.’
Meanwhile, Sunwolves flank Ed Quirk received a two-week ban for his ‘punch’ on Reds flyhalf Hamish Stewart, but will not miss any matches.
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