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Brumbies to challenge Ikitau red card ahead of semi final

Mon, 06/06/2022, 10:39 pm
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Brumbies centre Len Ikitau saw red for this high shot on Aidan Morgan.

The Brumbies will head to SANZAAR's Judicial Committee on Tuesday night in a bid to get Len Ikitau's red card reversed and ensure he is free to play Saturday's semi-final against the Blues.

Ikitau was sent off after a high shot on Hurricanes flyhalf Aidan Morgan during their 35-25 victory on Saturday.

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"Following initial consideration by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee, Len Ikitau of the Brumbies will appear at a SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing after being red carded for alleged foul play during a Super Rugby Pacific quarter final match at the weekend," SANZAAR said in a statement.

"Ikitau is alleged to have contravened Law 9.13: A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously, during the match between the Brumbies and Hurricanes at GIO Stadium in Canberra on Saturday 4 June 2022."

There will be a few nervous faces watching the case, including Wallabies coach Dave Rennie, with anything more than a three-match ban likely ruling him out of the first Test against England on July 3.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar hinted at contesting the decision after the match, gutted for Ikitau.

"We'll have a good look at the incident…you're shattered for him, like most blokes that get red cards," McKellar said after the match. 

"It's disappointing, but we'll see what strategy we take."

As they prepare for the must-win clash on Saturday, the club remains confident they can match it with the minor premiers even if the Wallaby is ruled out.

“That’s our point of difference in this competition I believe,” flyhalf Noah Lolesio told reporters on Monday.

“We have tremendous depth at every position. Lenny’s (Ikitau) a huge player for us and hopefully he can be cleared but if not, we back the next person to slot in and step up.

“It’s something that we thrive on and everyone has to be ready, it’s a squad mentality.”

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