11 May 2010

Two players suspended for dangerous tackles

6:46 pm on 11 May 2010

The Chiefs winger Dwayne Sweeney's Super 14 season's over a week early after he was suspended for three weeks for a dangerous tackle on an opponent during Saturday's match against the New South Wales Waratahs in Hamilton.

Sweeney appeared before the judiciary after being cited for a tip tackle on Waratahs winger Drew Mitchell.

Sweeney accepted the allegation that the tackle had been dangerous.

The judicial officer said while the offence was at the low end of culpability and that it was not deliberate, Sweeney has twice before being given a yellow card for dangerous tackles.

Sweeney won't be eligible to play again until June 1st, but the Chiefs only have one more game remaining, against the Blues in Auckland on Saturday night.

Meanwhile the South African side the Bulls will be without leading tryscorer Gerhard van den Heever for the Super 14 semi-finals after the wing was suspended for two weeks for a dangerous tackle on the Crusader's Tim Bateman.