22 May 2012

Hooper free to play against Reds

2:07 pm on 22 May 2012

The ACT Brumbies flanker Michael Hooper is free to face the Queensland Reds in Saturday night's Super Rugby clash after avoiding suspension for his lifting tackle on the Hurricanes' No.8 Victor Vito.

The 20-year-old was found guilty and issued an off-field yellow card but SANZAR ruled the offence was at the low end of the scale.

Hooper received the yellow card for the tackle on Vito in the 48th minute of Friday night's 37-25 win in Wellington.

An off-field yellow card can be issued where the breach is at the low end and there are mitigating factors.

Hooper has enjoyed a breakout year in 2012 and has developed into one of the competition's most effective open-side flankers.

In this weekend's pivotal clash against the Reds, the Brumbies can all but seal top spot in the Australian conference.