Lucky Luatua banned but won't miss a game

Last updated 12:21 05/06/2012
Steven Luatua
GRAHAME COX/Sunday News
CLAYTON'S BAN: Steven Luatua's three-week suspension will have little impact on the Blues' Super Rugby campaign.

Relevant offers

Super Rugby

Is Julian Savea going to be released from the All Blacks to play for the Hurricanes? Chiefs players to get down time before focusing back on Super Rugby, following British and Irish Lions loss Lions tour: Dave Rennie predicts test series will live up to the hype No further word on which Australian Super Rugby team will be culled Lions tour: Lions must find ways to defuse dangerous offloads Lions tour: Chiefs to learn from Maori and Crusaders mistakes Lions tour: Warren Gatland puts Lions on notice for Stephen Donald's show-and-go Toulon ramp up pursuit of Malakai Fekitoa after All Blacks selection snub Hurricanes scoop top gong at Wellington sports awards Lions tour: Marty Banks leads Highlanders to win over Lions with broken rib

Blues forward Steven Luatua has been suspended for three weeks following a dangerous tackle in his side's 41-34 loss to the Chiefs, but he will not miss any Super Rugby.

Flanker Luatua was given a yellow and white card during the game for a tackle on new All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick in the 33rd minute, when he lifted Retallick in the tackle so he came down on his back.

Luatua entered an early guilty plea, reducing the suspension from six to three weeks which is effective immediately and goes through until June 23.

The suspension will  have little impact on the Blues and Luatua though because of the June international window.

Super Rugby takes a three-week break for the tests between northern and southern hemisphere nations, and given Luatua is not involved in this weekend's North versus South match in Dunedin, he effectively goes unpunished.

The Blues have a bye when Super Rugby resumes later this month so their next game is not until July 7, against the Force.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which 2015 NZ Super Rugby team looks best?

Blues

Chiefs

Crusaders

Highlanders

Hurricanes

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content