Super Rugby: Props James Slipper and Brayden Mitchell handed three-week bans

Last Updated: 06/05/14 9:05am

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Struggling Queensland Reds suffered a further blow on Monday as Wallabies prop James Slipper was banned for three weeks for a dangerous tackle during last weekend's Super Rugby loss to Auckland Blues.

The 24-year-old, who has played 49 times for Australia, will miss two games - home matches against Crusaders next Sunday and Melbourne Rebels the following week - and could have been more harshly punished.

"Given the player's excellent disciplinary record, his good character and in recognition of his early plea of guilty I reduced the six week suspension to three weeks," the judicial officer said in a SANZAR statement.

"Accordingly, the player is suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including Saturday, 24 May 2014."

Highlanders hooker Brayden Mitchell was also banned for three weeks for a tip tackle in his team's Super Rugby loss to the Stormers in Cape Town at the weekend. 

Mitchell received a yellow card for the tackle on Jaco Taute and the subsequent penalty allowed the Stormers to claim a 29-28 victory.

The hooker misses matches against the South African Golden Lions and New Zealand sides Hurricanes and Crusaders.

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