Tasman's Riki Hoeata banned from final game

Last updated 08:01 23/08/2011

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Tasman lock Riki Hoeata has been found guilty of a dangerous tackle and will miss his team's final ITM Cup rugby match of the season against Manawatu in Nelson on Thursday night.

The incident related to Hoeata's tackle on Otago winger Joe Hill in the 59th minute of their match, won 19-16 by Otago, at Nelson on Sunday.

Hoeata, 23, denied the charge but judicial officer Bruce Squire QC upheld the original citing under Law 10.4 (e), ruling that while the tackle was not late or high, the player did not use his arms in executing the tackle.

Meanwhile, former New Zealand Maori representative Rua Tipoki will face a judicial hearing today after being sent off for allegedly punching a player in East Coast's Heartland championship defeat to North Otago in Oamaru on Saturday.

The red card means an automatic judicial hearing via teleconference before New Zealand Rugby Union judicial officer Nick Davidson QC today at 4pm.

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