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Wednesday Feb 17, 2021

Hefty ban for Motu Matu’u after upright, dangerous tackle

London Irish hooker Motu Matu’u has received a six-week ban after being sent off for a dangerous tackle on Exeter back Ian Whitten. Matu’u appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel following his dismissal in last Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership game at Sandy Park.

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The Rugby Football Union said that the 33-year-old Samoa international accepted the charge.

He is free to play again on March 29, and he will miss Irish’s Premiership fixtures against Bristol, Wasps, Leicester, Worcester, Sale and Bath.

“The player admitted the foul play and that the offending merited a red card. He did not challenge the referee’s report or decision,” the independent disciplinary panel said.

“In assessing the seriousness of the offending, the disciplinary panel determined that the offending was reckless and involved reckless and illegal contact with the opposition player’s head, who was removed from the field of play.”

Mat’u has a bit of a history with this type of tackling technique, never more so in show than when he put in two huge hits against the Melbourne Rebels in 2012.

You can see the incident in the video below.

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