Kaino hoping for leniency after red card

Date published: February 20 2016

Jerome Kaino hopes his fine disciplinary record will help him avoid further punishment after his red card against the Chiefs. on Friday.

The All Blacks flanker received his marching orders early in the second half of his team's 24-12 win over the Chiefs in Pukekohe after he struck Chiefs prop Pauliasi Manu in the face at a maul.

But Kaino said his action was accidental and appeared worse than it was. He was hopeful his clean record  – it was the first time he has ever been sent off in his career – would be taken into account when a likely New Zealand Rugby judicial hearing decide whether he should be suspended from the Blues' Super Rugby opener against the Highlanders at Eden Park on Friday.

When asked it was inevitable that he would be suspended, Kaino told Fairfax Media: "I hope not. It depends what it looks like. It might look worse than what I meant it to be. It's not what I intended to do. I'm not that kind of player.

"I said to Pauliasi if I had meant to do something to him I would have given him a little wedgie in the ruck. That (punching) is definitely not me."

The 32-year-old said his action was not intentional. 

"My arm was trapped, I went to release it and got him flush," he added.

"It's definitely not the way I play the game and how I do things. I went and said sorry to my poor mate and we'll see what happens now."