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British and Irish Lion Hines gets one match ban



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British and Irish Lions lock Nathan Hines has been handed a seven day ban for a dangerous tackle on Emerging Springboks lock Wilhelm Steenkamp in the second half of the 13-all draw at Newlands on Tuesday night.

It means the Scotland lock will miss the opportunity to be selected for the second Test, unless he appeals successfully against the ban.

He has 24 hours in which to lodge an appeal.

Hines was charged to appear before a disciplinary hearing by citing commissioner Steve Hinds of New Zealand for a dangerous tackle in the ninth minute of the second half at Newlands.

He had a formal disciplinary hearing before judicial officer Alan Hudson of Canada on Wednesday and Hudson found Hines to be in breach of Law 10.4 (e) and (i) when he lifted Steenkamp in a tackle above the perpendicular and dropped him to the ground.

The lower end scale of punishment for a dangerous tackle is usually two weeks, but Hudson was suspended Hines for one week only, which means Hines could come be considered for the third Test in Johannesburg on July 4.

Hines is the first player on the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to suffer a disciplinary sanction.

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