Faingaa banned for tip tackle
September 5, 2010
Saia Faingaa has been banned for two weeks © Getty Images
Wallabies hooker Saia Faingaa has been banned for two weeks after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle in his side's thrilling 41-39 Tri-Nations victory over South Africa in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The Reds youngster, who won his ninth cap at Free State Stadium, will miss next weekend's final Tri-Nations game against the All Blacks in Sydney after pleading guilty to the charge, which related to a 70th minute tip tackle on Springbok replacement Flip van der Merwe.
He was shown a yellow card by English official Wayne Barnes, only five minutes after his introduction as a replacement for Stephen Moore, but his team-mates were able to secure victory in the dying seconds thanks to Kurtley Beale's 55-metre penalty.
Faingaa's ban leaves Moore as the only hooker in the Wallabies' squad, although Brumbies No.2 Huia Edmonds won debut caps in June against Fiji and England.
Huw Richards profiles French forward Walter Spanghero, a man who even rugby's hard men thought was a tough nut
"To be part of the Commonwealth Games, I'd wear anything. I'd wear a clown suit." Tom Hamilton talks to Scotland's Sean Lamont
Scrum Sevens looks back at how rugby has fared in both the early Olympics and the past four Commonwealth Games
"Cheika's been phenomenal. He gives you an incredible level of mental strength." Tom Hamilton talks to Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter