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Tackle earns Fa'auli four-week ban

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/04/2017

Midfield back Jonathan Fa'auli can't play for the Chiefs until May after being banned for four weeks for a dangerous tackle.

A SANZAAR foul play review committee accepted Fa'auli's guilty plea following a no-arms tackle on Bulls counterpart Jan Serfontein in the first half of their Super Rugby match in Hamilton on Saturday.

The Chiefs won 28-12 to remain unbeaten.

Committee chairman Nigel Hampton says the act merits a six-week ban but that was reduced because of mitigating factors, including the early plea.

It means 21-year-old Fa'auli will miss the entire Chiefs offshore trip taking in games against the Stormers, Cheetahs and Force.

The hard-hitting rookie from Counties Manu will also miss a home match against the Sunwolves, becoming available for a match against the Reds in New Plymouth on May 6.

Fa'auli's place in the tour squad is taken by Tasman midfield back Alex Nankivell, who is uncapped at Super Rugby level.

Fa'auli has started three of the Chiefs' five matches and came off the bench in another.

Midfield options for the Chiefs include Anton Lienert-Brown, Stephen Donald and Nankivell.

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