Queensland Reds’ Tuaina Taulima banned for three weeks after red card against Brumbies in Super Rugby Pacific

Tuaina Taulima has been suspended for three weeks after his guilty plea and previous clean record helped reduce his penalty after his red card cleanout on James Slipper last weekend.

Taulima was guilty of contravening Law 9.20: Dangerous play in a ruck or maul, and has been suspended until April 29.

He was sent off seven minites before halftime in the Reds’ 21-7 win over the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium.

Tuaina Taii Tualima of the Reds leaves the field after being shown a red card during the round seven Super Rugby Pacific match between the Queensland Reds and the ACT Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on April 02, 2022 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Tuaina Taii Tualima of the Reds leaves the field after being shown a red card. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

In his finding, SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Michael Heron QC ruled: 

“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Mark Martin QC, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the Red Card under Law 9.20.

“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks due to the World Rugby instructions that dictate any incident of foul play involving contact with the head must start at a mid-range level. Taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s clean judicial record, his acceptance of foul play and his expressed remorse, the Judicial Committee reduced the suspension to 3 weeks.”

Meanwhile Crusaders’ Shilo Klein also received a three week ban after pleading guilty to an incident contravening Law 9.13 – “A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously”.

The replacement hooker was sent off late in the win over Highlanders game for a dangerous tackle on Ethan de Groot.

 And Blues winger Caleb Clarke has challenged his red card and will face the judiciary on Wednesday night.

He was sent off for an aerial challenge on Moana Pasifika opposite Tomasi Alosio at Eden Park on Saturday.

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