One-week bans for Woodward, Tupou

Date published: September 16 2014

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Wellington full-back Jason Woodward and Counties lock Jimmy Tupou have both received one-week suspensions for foul play.

Wellington full-back Jason Woodward and Counties Manukau lock Jimmy Tupou have both received one-week suspensions following separate judicial hearings for foul play.

Woodward was suspended for one week after he was found to have breached law 10.4 (a) for punching Canterbury wing Patrick Osborne in the 42nd minute of the first half of their match on Friday September 12.

Canterbury had referred the incident to citing commissioner Martin Harris, and Woodward admitted to Judicial Officer Bruce Squire QC that he punched Osborne twice, claiming he felt provoked into doing so after an encounter with Osborne as both teams were trying to clean out a ruck.

Woodward's suspension means he will miss Wellington's home game against Tasman on Sunday September 21.

Meanwhile, Tupou was cited for breach of law 10.4 (a), after striking Waikato fly-half Damian McKenzie in the 80th minute of their Round Five ITM Cup match at Waikato Stadium on Sunday September 14.

Judicial Officer Roger Drummond found that Tupou had acted recklessly but not deliberately, when he struck McKenzie during a ruck clean out near the end of the game. Waikato won the match 26 -21.

Tupou's suspension means he is unable to play any rugby up to, and including, Tuesday 23 September, meaning he is not available for Counties Manukau's match against Canterbury on Friday September 19.

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