Rhodes banned for six weeks
May 31, 2011
Michael Rhodes has been banned for six weeks © Getty Images
Lions flanker Michael Rhodes has been banned for six weeks for a dangerous tackle on Highlanders winger Siale Piutau during the Super Rugby match in Dunedin on Saturday.
Rhodes appeared before a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday and judicial officer Nick Davidson ruled that his tackle duing the Lions 26-22 victory put Piutau "at serious risk of injury." The two players clashed in the 59th minute of the match with Rhodes grabbing Piutau in a headlock at a ruck.
Piutau was also cited after he retaliated by throwing two punches at Rhodes' head, but he escaped punishment with Davidson saying his reaction was that of someone who had been "seriously endangered."
Rhodes' ban rules him out of the Lions' remaining matches against the Hurricanes and the Sharks.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Munster, No.8s, the imploding Australians, wonderful Glasgow and Lancaster's dilemma - it is Monday Maul time
As Ewen McKenzie exits stage left, the ARU remains under huge pressure, with CEO Bill Pulver feeling the brunt of Australian rugby's displeasure, Greg Growden writes
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the remarkable events in Brisbane and the first round of the European Rugby Champions Cup
Following Saturday's shock announcement, we look at the highs and the lows of Ewen McKenzie's brief stint as Wallabies coach.