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Blues prop Alex Hodgman's Super Rugby Aotearoa season over following red card against Highlanders

By Alex McLeod
(Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

Blues prop Alex Hodgman will play no further part in Super Rugby Aotearoa this season after copping a three-week ban for the red card he received during his side’s loss to the Highlanders on Friday.

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Hodgman was sent from the field by referee Brendon Pickerill in the 72nd minute of the match for a shoulder charge to the head of Highlanders flanker James Lentjes.

The 27-year-old’s dismissal added insult to injury as the Blues fell to a 35-29 defeat at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

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The Auckland franchise will be without Hodgman for the remainder of the competition after the SANZAAR foul play review committee accepted the four-test All Black’s guilty plea of contravening Law 9.13: A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.

The committee deemed the offence to be worthy of a six-week suspension, but mitigating factors, such as Hodgman’s good judicial record and his early guilty plea, means his sideline spell has been cut in half to just three weeks.

As a result, Hodgman will be unavailable to play at any level of the game up to and including May 8, the date of which the Super Rugby Aotearoa final is scheduled for.

The committee added that if the Blues don’t reach the competition’s final, they reserve the right to extend Hodgman’s ban to the franchise’s next scheduled match, which is their Super Rugby Trans-Tasman opener against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on May 15.

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The Blues’ loss to the Highlanders, their third in four matches, saw the side drop to third place on the Super Rugby Aotearoa standings with two matches left to play in the regular season.

A place in the Super Rugby Aotearoa final is still within touching distance, although the Blues will likely need a victory against the league-leading Crusaders in Christchurch this weekend.

 

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Daugunu salvo shows why Wallabies work-rate is everything to Schmidt

Nice article, Brett, and good to be writing about a second win. I think Georgia will be far more testing. Tbh, I have not looked at their touring squad, but at full strength they are a far better and more dangerous team than they were at RWC France. They would have been disappointed they did not perform to full potential there. I think that the WB’s under Joe Schmidt have started soundly. Recovery from a serious setback always takes time. And the Jones era was that and more. I think the arrival of Les Kiss back to his native Qld. is a very positive factor, and the fact that he and Schmidt know each other well is a help. Players I think are much improved this year: Daugunu, who has blossomed with the Rebels, so credit to the coaching unit down there. Am pleased he will come back to the Reds. McReight is said to have put on up to 7 kgs since last season. His work rate has always been good, but it is his carrying into contact that has gone up. Now makes those critical one or two metres post contact very often. Is conceding fewer penalties now as his game matures. Rob Valetini was good last year, but is now a greater force this one. A really punishing ball carrier. Hunter Paisami is now a more controlled player. His carrying into contact is very impressive for an 80 kg man. Interestingly, if you saw Nick Bishops latest article, he has a team for RC with Kerevi at 12. Also Skelton in the team. Not sure if there will be o’seas players as early as RC though….but need them in by the EYOT games.

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