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Treeby banned for three weeks for tackle

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/05/2017

Shaun Treeby looks to pass the ball during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Stormers © Dianne Manson/Getty Images Shaun Treeby looks to pass the ball during the round 10 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Stormers Stormers back Shaun Treeby has been banned for three weeks for a dangerous tackle which earned nothing more than a penalty against the Blues.

A Sanzaar foul play review committee sanctioned New Zealand second five-eighth Treeby for the high shot which knocked Blues first five-eighth Piers Francis unconscious in their Super Rugby match in Cape Town on Saturday (NZT).

Francis was taken from the field with concussion in the second half of his team's 30-22 loss.

Blues coach Tana Umaga questioned why no action was taken during the game over the incident which was reviewed on replay by referee Jaco van Heerden and television match official Shaun Veldsman.

The Sanzaar judiciary accepted a guilty plea from former Highlanders back Treeby.

It deemed the act merited a punishment of up to six weeks but halved that period because of the 28-year-old's clean judicial record.

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