Rhodes and Piutau in the dock
May 29, 2011
Lions clinched a late win against the Highlanders thanks to Wikus van Heerden's late try © Getty Images
Lions flanker Michael Rhodes and Highlanders winger Siale Piutau have been cited for alleged four play during the Super Rugby match in Dunedin on Saturday.
The two players clashed in the 59th minute of the match with Rhodes grabbing Piutau in a headlock at a ruck. Piutau retaliated by throwing two punches at Rhodes' head. The Lions went on to win the match 26-22 with lock Wikus van Heerden scoring the winning try.
Rhodes has been cited for dangerous tackling of a player without the ball while Piutau has been cited for punching an opponent and retaliation. Both players have also been cited for acts contrary to good sportsmanship.
The hearings will be held in Wellington on Monday and chaired by SANZAR judicial officer QC Nick Davidson.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Jim Mallinder and Justin Burnell were sat on the same top table, but in different circumstances. Tom Hamilton reports on the Aviva Premiership season launch
Tom Hamilton reports back from the launch of the Guinness PRO12 where there is a renewed sense of optimism with all of the off-field changes to the league
So much for the great Australian revival, writes Greg Growden. It now has the potential of going off the rails after the capitulation at Eden Park
The latest Week in Pictures takes in photographs from the Rugby Championship, the Top 14 and the southern hemisphere domestic scene