Wednesday, February 17, 2010
As mentioned in the Reds vs Waratahs highlights earlier in the week, 'Tahs lock Dean Mumm was yellow carded for an off the ball shoulder on Saia Faingaa. Mumm has since been suspended for two weeks.
The Waratahs pulled off a dramatic final play of the match win as they came from behind to crush the Reds' hopes of starting the season on a high. They finished with 14 men, as Mumm was sitting on the sidelines after being sent to the sin-bin by ref Craig Joubert.
Joubert had originally ruled that a penalty and a talking to was sufficient punishment for the charge on replacement hooker Faingaa, but upon chatting to his assistant, ruled that it would be yellow for the big Wallaby, who played on the flank on the night.
Mumm ended up facing a hearing to answer a charge of barging into a ruck and maul under Law 10.4 (h). "There was a directive issued by the IRB in 2007 in relation to cleaning out and the intent of the IRB was to rid the game of this sort of activity," said judicial officer Paul Tully said.
He was subsequently suspended until the 28 February, ruling him out of the Waratahs' tour of South Africa where they will face the Stormers and the Bulls.
Faingaa took a big knock earlier in the match too, that time from Will Caldwell, who himself was in hot water as he was accused of eye-gouging at another point in the match. He was found to be innocent of that though.
A rough night all in all for Mr Faingaa, and the first suspension of this season's Super 14. I'm sure there will be more to come, and if you spot something you'd like to be featured, please post it in the Requests section and we'll have a look.