Why should Suliasi Vunivalu be suspended for one game due to tripping.

The Queensland Reds’ playoff push has been hampered by wing Suliasi Vunivalu’s one-week suspension for tripping two opposing players in the team’s loss to the Fijian Drua in Fiji on Saturday afternoon.

 

He received a yellow card within four minutes of the game for sticking his right leg out and tripping Drua’s Kitione Salawa metres from the try-line, costing his team a penalty try; he was sent off in the second half for replicating the action, clipping Selestino Ravutaumada on a charge towards the line.

 

While Ravutaumada did not fall down, the TMO saw enough evidence to conclude that Vunivalu had tripped the wing, forcing referee Angus Gardner to show Vunivalu a red card.

 

According to law 9.12, “a player may not physically abuse anyone.” Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, tripping.” It carries a two-week entry point ban, however the Foul Play Review Committee states that “the player was awarded a 50% discount for filing an early guilty plea, cutting the suspension from two weeks to one.”

 

Vunivalu will be available for the Reds’ last round meeting with the Waratahs in Sydney, as well as the final series.

 

Vunivalu will be available for the Reds’ last round game against the Waratahs in Sydney, as well as the series finale.

 

According to ESPN, Billy Vunipola is set to join French club Montpellier, ending his 11-year tenure there. Meanwhile, Mako Vunipola departs after 13 years.

 

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) issued a formal warning to Billy Vunipola last week following his detention in Mallorca for a pub incident.

 

Since joining Saracens in 2013 from Wasps, he has made 194 appearances, earning five Premiership championships and three European crowns.

 

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