Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Aussie hooker Fainga'a suspended

Australia hooker Saia Fainga'a has been handed a two-week suspension after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle against South Africa in the Tri Nations encounter in Bloemfontein.

The Queensland hooker, who was on as a replacement for Stephen Moore, was sent to the sin bin 11 minutes from time after a spear tackle on Flip van der Merwe.

He was cited by SANZAR citing commissioner Steve Hinds for the offence and pleaded guilty to the charge.

A statement from the organisation read: "Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton reviewed video evidence of the incident and took testimony from the player.

"He noted the International Rugby Board's stance on the seriousness of such incidents but regarded the tackle as reckless rather than intentional.

"Fainga'a's guilty plea, his expression of remorse and otherwise impeccable record was taken into account in passing sentence.

"The Judicial Officer regarded the offence as at the lower entry-level of sanctions and, having taken into account all factors, suspended Fainga'a for two weeks.

"He will be suspended from all rugby until September 19."

Fainga'a is now out of the final match of the competition against New Zealand in Sydney.

The Wallabies won the match at Vodacom Park 41-39 to secure second place in competition and the Nelson Mandela Shield.

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