Poetic justice for Keats

Scrum-half handed four-week ban for dangerous play

Last Updated: 09/05/11 9:48am

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Keats: Dangerous play

Keats: Dangerous play

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Hurricanes scrum-half Tyson Keats has been banned for four weeks after being found guilty of dangerous play in Friday's 17-11 defeat to Auckland Blues.

New Zealander Keats was given a yellow card for his spear-tackle on opposite number Alby Mathewson, however SANZAR have added to the punishment.

Judicial officer Nick Davidson said that while the tackle was "not premeditated" and Keats had not deliberately driven Mathewson into the ground, it was "poorly executed and reckless as to the danger it created".

"Davidson reiterated that the IRB had called for vigilance in eliminating the tip tackle from the game as its danger was immense. He added that such disciplinary recourse was necessary to act as a deterrent to players," read a SANZAR statement.

The ban concluded a miserable few days for Keats, who dropped the ball over the line while trying to score a last-minute try that would have given the Hurricanes an attempt for a game-winning conversion.

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