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Nadolo banned for dangerous tackle

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/04/2016
Nemani Nadolo in action against the Brumbies. © Getty Images Nemani Nadolo in action against the Brumbies.

Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo will sit out a four-week suspension after being found guilty of a dangerous tackle in Sunday's Super Rugby match in Canberra.

The barnstorming Fijian grabbed a try and set up another in the convincing 40-14 win, but will now miss the Crusaders' games against the Reds, Highlanders and Waratahs.

Nadolo's lifting tackle in the 39th minute on Brumbies halfback Tomas Cubelli met the threshold for a red card, a judicial hearing found.

Sanzaar judicial officer Chris Morris accepted a guilty plea from Nadolo, finding that the offence was at the low end of the scale and carried a four-week suspension.

Nadolo's disciplinary record, guilty plea and the fact that the tackle was reckless rather than deliberate were all taken into consideration.

But although this resulted in a two-week discount, Morris said World Rugby directives about the need to deter lifting tackles meant two weeks were added back on.

The Crusaders have a bye next week, and Nadolo will also miss a club match he was scheduled to play that weekend.

His next Super Rugby game, given the competition's month-long international window, will be against the Chiefs on July 1.

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