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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Saia Faingaa's dangerous tackle on Flip van der Merwe

Saia Faingaa's dangerous tackle on Flip van der Merwe

For those of you that missed it or asked to see it again, here is the tackle that resulted in a yellow card and a two week suspension for Wallaby hooker Saia Faingaa during the Tri Nations victory over the Springboks on Saturday.

Faingaa made the dangerous tackle on Springbok lock Flip van der Merwe with just over ten minutes remaining in the game, putting his side in a position that they did well to get out of. Despite him being off the field, they scored a try and took the lead.

The replacement hooker was yellow carded by referee Wayne Barnes, who took his time with the decision, including going across to assess the damage to Van Der Merwe.

Faingaa was cited for an alleged tip-tackle by Sanzar Citing Commissioner Steve Hinds, and on Sunday pleaded guilty before Judicial Officer Nigel Frampton, who deemed the tackle to be reckless rather than intentional.

It was considered on the lower entry-level of sanctions, and considering Faingaas guilty plea as well as his track record, the decision was made.

He will be out of all rugby until September 19th, meaning that he will miss the Wallabies clash with the All Blacks in Sydney this coming weekend. Stephen Moore will retain his starting slot, while Huia Edmonds replaces Faingaa on the bench. Match squads below.

Wallabies: Kurtley Beale, James O'Connor, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau, Lachie Turner, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (capt), Nathan Sharpe, Mark Chisholm, Salesi Ma'afu, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Res: Huia Edmonds, James Slipper, Dean Mumm, Richard Brown, Luke Burgess, Berrick Barnes, Anthony Faingaa.

All Blacks: Mils Muliaina, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Maa Nonu, Israel Dagg, Aaron Cruden, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Victor Vito, Tom Donnelly, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Res: Corey Flynn, John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Jerome Kaino, Jimmy Cowan, Colin Slade, Rene Ranger.

Time: 01:10

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