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.
The tone was set early on in Dublin as a more clinical Ireland made England pay. All is not lost, however, argues Phil Vickery
Monday Maul takes in retirement talk, England reshuffles, France's unfair advantage and Scotland's communication breakdown
John Griffiths takes an analytical look at Week 3 of ESPN Scrum's Fantasy Rugby game - who should you have picked?
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt won the tactical battle and set his team on course for a shot at the Grand Slam. Tom Hamilton reports from Dublin