Stags' Jamie Mackintosh cops a one-week ban
Is Mackintosh's ban fair?
Poll: Stags captain Jamie Mackintosh will miss Friday night's game against Manawatu after receiving a one-week ban for stamping on a Waikato player.
The Southland veteran fronted the New Zealand Rugby Union judicial officer Chris Morris by video conference today after being cited for stamping, a breach of law 10.4(b), on Waikato reserve back Sam Christie, eight minutes from full time.
Mackintosh will still travel with the team, which will remain in the North Island for next Wednesday's game against Bay of Plenty at Mt Maunganui, but the Stags will need to take an extra prop, with JP Koen added to the touring party.
The outcome will also delay Mackintosh closing in on 100 games for Southland.
Instead of the milestone now potentially coming up in a home game against North Harbour, Mackintosh will have to wait at least another week for the game against Otago in Dunedin on September 28.
An official announcement from the NZRU has not been released yet, despite the hearing taking place this morning, but Mackintosh has voiced his disappointment on Twitter.
''Watch out everybody if u [sic] ruck someone who lies on the ball it's a week suspension," he tweeted.
- Fairfax Media
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