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Chiefs No.8 receives one-week ban

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/03/2017

Matt Proctor of the Hurricanes checks on the health of Michael Leitch of the Chiefs © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Matt Proctor of the Hurricanes checks on the health of Michael Leitch of the Chiefs Chiefs loose forward Michael Leitch has received a one-week ban for his high tackle on Hurricanes hooker Ricky Riccitelli in Friday's Super Rugby match in Hamilton.

Referee Brendon Pickerill yellow-carded Leitch for the 77th-minute hit, but the Super Rugby citing commissioner deemed it met the red card threshold for foul play.

Leitch on Sunday pleaded guilty at a hearing of Sanzaar's foul play review committee, which reduced his suspension to one week given his excellent judicial record and early guilty plea.

Leitch will miss the Chiefs' match against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

World Rugby has introduced new high-tackle laws, with Auckland Blues loose forward Steven Luatua earning a four-match ban for a high and late tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams in last week's 26-41 loss to the Chiefs.

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