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Fijian hooker cops 20-week ban for biting

Wed, 06/09/2017, 1:01 am
Sam Phillips
by Sam Phillips
After a thrilling debut game against Brisbane City, the Fijian Drua are preparing to take on Melbourne Rising in round two of the NRC. Scrumhalf Frank Lomani excited to take on his opposite Nic Stirzaker but first he has to adjust to the weather.

The Fijian Drua hooker accused of biting Brisbane City skipper Andrew Ready on Saturday has been handed a 20 week ban.

Samu Suguturaga faced the NRC judiciary at Ballymore last night, where he pleaded guilty to the charge of biting.

Ready complained to referee Damon Murphy after a first half scrum that he had been bitten but there was no action taken on field.

He was later charged and judicial officer Paul Tully found that the conduct was on the high end of the scale, providing an entry point of 24 weeks.


Tully citied "mitigating circumstances" for the reduction to 20 weeks.

Suguturaga, who was represented by Tim Matthews QC and team manager Chris Thomson, has 48 hours to appeal the ban.

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