Tialata suspended for play off decider



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All Blacks prop Neemia Tialata will miss the Hurricanes’ crucial Super 14 rugby match against the Blues on Friday after being banned for one match for a dangerous tackle.

Tialata was called to a SANZAR judicial hearing in Wellington on Monday to answer a charge related to his tackle on winger Dane Haylett-Perry during the Hurricanes’ most recent match against the Western Force.

Judicial officer Chris Morris deferred his decision until Tuesday because of the volume of evidence produced, including television replays from seven angles tendered by the Hurricanes on Tialata’s behalf.

Morris found Tialata guilty of a dangerous throw, for lifting Haylett-Perry off the ground and into an almost vertical position, and banned him until May 18.

The decision means the All Blacks tighthead will miss the Hurricanes match against the Blues at Eden Park, which bears on both teams’ semifinal chances.

The Hurricanes are currently second on the Super 14 table and need a win to seal a home semifinal. The Blues must win to keep their playoffs chances alive.

Six teams, including Neemia’s Hurricanes will be going for the three remaining spots in the playoffs this weekend.

The Crusaders have already secured the number one spot.

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