Glitch means Tameifuna will learn fate tomorrow

AARON GOILE
Last updated 16:35 03/09/2014
Ben Tameifuna
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UNDER FIRE: Giant Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna has been cited after shoving referee Glen Jackson during last weekend's win over North Harbour in Auckland.

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Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna will have to wait until tomorrow to hear his fate after his judicial hearing was deferred due to IT problems with the video conference.

New Zealand Rugby last night sent a statement saying the 23-year-old was cited for acting against the spirit of good sportsmanship, after referee Glen Jackson was shoved during Waikato's win over North Harbour at QBE Stadium last Saturday night.

With Waikato defending their line in the 72nd minute, Tameifuna knocked Jackson out of his way and to the ground, before ironically being yellow carded soon after for playing the ball on the ground.

In a bizarre set of circumstances, the 23-year-old Tameifuna will have to sleep with the decision hanging over his head, because the case, set down for 2pm today with judicial officer Chris Morris, couldn't go ahead because of technical issues.

Waikato, who play Tasman in Nelson on Friday night, delayed their team naming from this morning in anticipation of a decision, but have now released it, assuming they will be without their 137kg prop.

According to NZR's Disciplinary Rules, the ''Lower End'' punishment for law 10.4(m) - Any other acts not previously referred to which are contrary to good sportsmanship - is four weeks, while ''Mid-Range'' is seven weeks and ''Top End'' is 11-plus weeks.

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