Seems it’s the Kiwi’s turn to be in hot water, both with the Super 14 judiciary and, in one case, with those whose powers are a little more far reaching.
We already know that Chiefs prop Ben May has been suspended for three weeks, following the cowardly stamping incident that saw him red-carded against the Lions. Hot on the heels of this development, though, comes the news that Hurricanes prop Neemia Tialata faces a disciplinary hearing tomorrow, after a dangerous tackle in the game against the Force. The Canes are already up against it, facing the high flying Blues in a must-win semi-final-deciding clash at the weekend. Losing their star tighthead on the eve of the game would be a massive blow indeed.
Higlanders scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan managed to escape from his side’s drubbing at the hands of the Blues without any censure from the match officials. He was, however, not so lucky when it came to the police. Cowan was arrested on Saturday night and will be charged with “disorderly behaviour” after an incident that occurred during the post-match revelry. One wonders what the New Zealand equivalent of a quokka is and whether any were harmed in this case.
Cowan is the second Highlanders player to face trouble with the law this year. Winger Lucky Mulipola’s name proved ironically inappropriate as he was convicted for a string of offences including assault and driving while disqualified.
More news as and when it happens.
Update: Tialata has been banned for a week and will miss the Blues game!Tweet