Benetton centre gets two-game ban for high hit on Munster’s Archer

BENETTON CENTRE TOMMASO Benvenuti has been handed a two-game ban for his high tackle on Munster’s Stephen Archer in last weekend’s Guinness Pro14 clash in Treviso.

The Italy international was yellow-carded by referee Ben Whitehouse for the offence during the game but Benvenuti was subsequently cited and a disciplinary committee has deemed that the offence had merited a red card.

Click here if you cannot view the clip above

Whitehouse had suggested that the “medium force” of Benvenuti’s connection with Archer’s face meant it was only a yellow card.

The disciplinary committee, which met in Edinburgh yesterday, found Benvenuti was guilty of an infringement of Law 9.20: “A player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders.”

Benvenuti’s offence was judged to merit a mid-range entry point of four weeks in terms of his suspension, but the committee applied 50% mitigation due to his clean disciplinary record and good conduct both after the game and during the hearing.

His two-game ban rules him out of the Round 21 clash with Zebre in two weekends’ time and a possible play-off game next month. 

If Benetton fail to reach the play-offs this season, the Pro14 says his Benvenuti’s ban “will extend to August 11, 2019 to ensure the ban covers two meaningful matches – this would cover the Italy versus Ireland fixture on August 10, 2019 in Dublin.”

The player has the right to appeal the suspension.

Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: