Blues prop Alex Hodgman will play no additional half in Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa this season after copping a three-week ban for the purple card he obtained throughout his aspect’s loss to the Highlanders on Friday.
Hodgman was despatched from the sector by referee Brendon Pickerill within the 72nd minute of the match for a shoulder cost to the top of Highlanders flanker James Lentjes.
The 27-year-old’s dismissal added insult to damage because the Blues fell to a 35-29 defeat at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
The Auckland franchise can be with out Hodgman for the rest of the competitors after the SANZAAR foul play assessment committee accepted the four-test All Black’s responsible plea of contravening Regulation 9.13: A participant should not deal with an opponent early, late or dangerously.
The committee deemed the offence to be worthy of a six-week suspension, however mitigating components, similar to Hodgman’s good judicial document and his early responsible plea, means his sideline spell has been minimize in half to simply three weeks.
Because of this, Hodgman can be unavailable to play at any stage of the sport as much as and together with Might 8, the date of which the Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa last is scheduled for.
The committee added that if the Blues don’t attain the competitors’s last, they reserve the suitable to increase Hodgman’s ban to the franchise’s subsequent scheduled match, which is their Tremendous Rugby Trans-Tasman opener towards the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Might 15.
The Blues’ loss to the Highlanders, their third in 4 matches, noticed the aspect drop to 3rd place on the Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa standings with two matches left to play within the common season.
A spot within the Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa last continues to be inside touching distance, though the Blues will seemingly want a victory towards the league-leading Crusaders in Christchurch this weekend.
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