Return of Boys offsets Dixon suspension

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 21/08/2013

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The return of Stags flanker Tim Boys will help balance the loss of Elliot Dixon after the Southland No 8 was banned for one week for a dangerous tackle late in the loss to Tasman on Saturday.

Dixon was cited for a dangerous tackle on a Tasman player three minutes from fulltime and attended a judicial hearing by video-conference yesterday.

Judicial officer Roger Drummond found the tackle was at the low end of offending and took into account Dixon's "impeccable record, good conduct at the hearing and acceptance, in part, of the offence."

Boys is expected to be available for Southland's game against Northland on Saturday after recovering from neck and hamstring injuries, coach David Henderson said.

"It's disappointing to see [Dixon] not there, but that's why you have a bit of depth and Tim Boys will be back this week, so that helps."

Hale T-Pole is likely to deputise at No 8 in Dixon's absence, with Boys joining John Hardie on the side of the scrum.

The Southland and Northland teams will be named on Thursday. Tasman halfback Mark Swanepoel also received an off-field yellow card for a dangerous tackle on a Southland player.

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- The Southland Times

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