23 Jun 2010

Tahu accepts 4 week ban

6:34 am on 23 June 2010

The Parramatta rugby league winger Timana Tahu will serve a four-week suspension after entering an early guilty plea to a reckless high tackle charge.

Tahu was cited for the grade three offence following his hit on Knights winger James McManus during their 6-4 loss in Newcastl;e on Monday night.

The dual international was making his first on-field appearance since walking out on the New South Wales State of Origin camp in response to racist comments made by Blues assistant coach Andrew Johns.

The incident in Newcastle sparked a scuffle between Eels and Knights players, as did a high shot on Ben Cross, which earned Tahu 10 minutes in the sin-bin.

The suspension means Tahu will be unavailable for selection for Origin 3 to be played at Sydney's Olympic stadium on July 7th.

Tahu, speaking prior to his acceptance of the four-week sanction, says his aggressive display against the Knights was not the result of the controversy that followed his walk-out on the Blues.