Southland prop Jamie Mackintosh and Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna have each been suspended from rugby for one week following judicial hearings.
The hearings occurred following separate incidents during their Week 4 ITM Cup match in Invercargill. Southland won the match 20-16.
Mackintosh was cited for stamping, a breach of law 10.4(b), after vigorous rucking on Waikato back Sam Christie eight minutes from full-time.
Having heard submissions made on Mackintosh's behalf and from the player himself, Judicial Officer Chris Morris said the stamping was forceful rucking and that the number of times the boot had made contact with the Waikato player had put it into a more serious category. However, he said the stamping was at the low end of offending and therefore deemed a one week suspension was appropriate.
Mackintosh is suspended from all rugby up to and including Saturday 14 September, meaning he will miss Southland's clash with Manawatu in Palmerston North this Friday.
Meanwhile, Tameifuna, who was cited for the same offence, coincidentally on Mackintosh earlier in the game (50th minute), was also suspended for one week, meaning he will miss Waikato's match against Auckland on Saturday.
Chris Morris said Tameifuna's offending was reckless but not intentional and that more care was needed in future.