Sunwolves wing Semisi Masirewa has been handed a one-week ban following his red-card incident during the recently concluded Super Rugby game against Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium.
The 26-year-old winger received two yellow cards in the 36th and 50th minutes and his absence cost the Japanese side the game as they succumbed to a 32-26 defeat to remain at the bottom of the Australian Conference.
Masirewa was proved guilty of a breach of Law 9.7(a) Intentionally Offending and Law 9.13 Dangerous Tackling and will now miss the game against Brumbies on 12th May.
“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Maryjane Crabtree, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the red card, finding both incidents met the yellow card threshold," said the chairman of SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee Terry Willis.
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed that a one-week sanction was appropriate due to the fact the player had a previous period of suspension for dangerous tackling in the prior year.
“As a result of the player’s persistent offending, it was held that a one-week sanction was in line with the guidance of World Rugby Regulation 17, Appendix 4."