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Yates suspended for two weeks
Wellington
March 27, 2000

Hurricanes prop Kevin Yates has received a two match ban for punching during their clash with Cats on the weekend.

Yates was sent off by referee Wayne Erickson ten minutes from time after unleashing a barrage of punches at Cats hooker Leon Boshoff.

A judicial committee handed down the sentence in Wellington on Monday after reviewing video footage and hearing evidence from Yates and his counsel.

The committee took into account Yates' s evidence that he was provoked but felt he still deserved the two match ban. He will be missing for Hurricanes home clashes with the Blues and the Crusaders.

The controversial Yates was suspended in 1998 for six months while playing for Bath after being found guilty of biting the ear of London Scottish flanker Simon Fenn.


Yates, capped twice by England on the 1997 Tour of Argentina, quit Bath last
season for a new career Down Under, and had been making a big impression in
Hurricanes' colours, working with their coach, ex-All Blacks skipper Graham
Mourie.


The Hurricanes have a poor disciplinary record this season. Yates' sending off
marked the fifth time one of their players had been yellow or red-carded.


Wing Tana Umaga, who scored two tries against the Cats, was returning from a
one-week suspension after being dismissed for a dangerous tackle during a match
earlier this month against the Otago Highlanders.

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