Blues loose forward Steven Luatua has been cited for a tip tackle Brodie Retallick during his team's 34-41 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Luatua s alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (j) Lifting a Player from the ground and either dropping or driving that Player’s head and/or upper body into the ground whilst the Player’s feet are off the ground,
The incident involving Chiefs Brodie Retallick occurred in the 33rd minute of the match between the Blues and Chiefs at North Harbour Stadium on 2nd June when he tackled Retallick so that his upper body came into contact with the ground while his legs were still in the air.
The Referee for the match: Chris Pollock issued a Yellow and White Card for the incident.
Upon further review of the match footage the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the Red Card threshold for foul play
The Citing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Mike Heron.