Tyson Keats banned for four weeks

Wellington Hurricanes’ scrumhalf Tyson Keats has been suspended for four weeks for making a dangerous tackle on his Auckland Blues counterpart Alby Mathewson during last weekend’s Super Rugby match.

Keats had been on the field only minutes as a replacement when he was sin-binned for the 67th-minute tackle on Mathewson, who was lifted from the ground and landed on his head and neck.

At a hearing in Wellington on Monday, judicial officer Nick Davidson found that Keats’ actions were not premeditated but ruled the tackle was poorly executed and reckless. Davidson said the tip tackle carried a high degree of danger and the International Rugby Board had called for its elimination from the game.—Sapa-AP

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