Justice Served As Two Samoa Players Receive Bans For Horror Hits In Win Over Russia


Samoa somehow escaped two red cards in their World Cup clash with Russia earlier in the week but justice has now been served with both players now banned as a result of their respective challenges.

Centre Rey Lee-Lo appeared before an independent judicial committee yesterday having been cited for an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous high tackle) and picked up a three-game ban.

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Motu Matu’u also appeared before an independent judicial committee yesterday but the result of his hearing was delayed until today with the panel unable to reach a decision late last night.

Despite being unable to reach a unanimous decision, the panel has come out today and also handed him a three-game ban via majority.

Four players have now been banned as a result of citings – Reece Hodge (three weeks), John Quill (three weeks) and the Samoan duo. England’s Piers Francis is also facing a potential ban after being cited for a potential illegal hit in their win over the USA yesterday.