Mitre 10 Cup: Jarrad Hoeata, Daniel Lienert-Brown cop five-game bans

  • 11/10/2018

Taranaki's Jarrad Hoeata and Canterbury's Daniel Lienert-Brown have been banned for five weeks, after both were sent off in last Saturday's Mitre 10 Cup clash in Christchurch.

Former All Black Hoeata was shown a red card after six minutes, for punching Canterbury openside flanker Tom Christie.

Duty judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC found that Hoeata's action was deliberate and was deemed a mid-range offence, with an entry point of six weeks.

An additional week was added, because of Hoeata's previous judicial record, but a reduction of two weeks was also allowed, as a result of Hoeata's immediate admission of wrong-doing and apology, which resulted in the final suspension for five matches.

Hoeata will miss Taranaki's last-round fixture against Wellington on Friday night and four further matches yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, Lienert-Brown - brother of All Black midfielder Anton - got his marching orders for blatantly head-butting Ricky Riccitelli midway through the second half.

Hampton considered submissions from the player, who claimed he misjudged the distance between himself and the opposition player, but admitted his wrongdoing.

Lienert-Brown had earlier voluntarily offered an apology to Riccitelli.

The entry point sanction for the mid-range offending is 10 weeks, but the 25-year-old's clean record, immediate admission and apology earned him a 50 percent reduction in sanction.

Lienert-Brown will miss five matches, including the scheduled Canterbury matches against Counties Manukau on Saturday and the Mitre 10 Cup playoff matches.

The two further matches he will miss are yet to be determined.

Canterbury won the match 36-5.