With safety increasingly paramount in the game, referees are taking a hard line on shots to the head – as they should, and perhaps, as they always should have.
Lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto has been suspended for four weeks for a dangerous tackle during the Wallabies’ Tri Nations game against Argentina.
Salakaia-Loto was red-carded after his hit on Pumas back-rower Santiago Grondona, leaving the Wallabies with 14 players for the final 20 minutes of the 16-16 draw.
He fronted a SANZAAR hearing on Monday night.
Salakaia-Loto’s guilty plea saved him a further two matches on the sideline.
His ban will take in the first two rounds of the Queensland Reds’ Super Rugby AU campaign.