Locks cop the flak in Round 10

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:54
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Super Rugby's Round 10 has seen four locks pinged for dangerous play - Michael Rhodes, Flip van der Merwe, Michael Fitzgeald and Dominic Bird.

Round 10 has seen four locks being pinged for dangerous play over the weekend - Michael Rhodes, Flip van der Merwe, Michael Fitzgeald and Dominic Bird have all been cited.
 
Dominic Bird and Michael Fitzgerald have both pleaded guilty to dangerous tackles during the Crusaders versus Chiefs game in Hamilton and copped one-week suspensions.
 
Crusaders lock Bird offered a guilty plea for his shoulder charge on Chiefs No.8 Liam Squire in the first half of their 18-17 win on Saturday.
 
In a similar incident two minutes later, Fitzgerald struck Crusaders No.8 Kieran Read with a high tackle.
 
Squire and Read were both forced to leave the field and didn't return after failing concussion tests.
 
South African judicial officer Jannie Lubbe said a one-week ban was sufficient penalty for both players as their offences had mitigating circumstances and were at the low end of the scale.
 
The suspension will have no impact on Bird as the Crusaders have a bye next week.
 
However, the Chiefs must plan to play without Fitzgerald against the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.
 
The pair were among four locks charged following games over the weekend.
 
Stormers lock Michael Rhodes was issued with an off-field yellow card for his lifting tackle charge - following his team's 18-3 win over the Lions in Cape Town.
 

Bulls captain Flip van der Merwe was charged for striking Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan late in their 12-19 loss in Sydney.

He is still to hear their fate.

 

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Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10