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Ioane suspended for 4 matches for dangerous tackle

Ioane suspended for 4 matches for dangerous tackle

Wallabies winger Digby Ioane was suspended for four games on Monday for a dangerous tackle, deepening the backline crisis at the injury-hit Super 15 champion Queensland Reds.
Queensland was already without injured playmakers Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas and Mike Harris for this weekend's match against three-time Super rugby winners the Bulls in Pretoria.
Ioane was banned until the Reds' ninth-round game against the Auckland Blues after being found guilty of a lifting tackle on Sharks flanker Marcell Coetzee last Saturday in Durban. Queensland lost 27-22 after leading 17-0.
In fixing the five-week penalty, which will also take in a Reds bye, the SANZAR judicial officer noted Ioane has twice previously been charged over dangerous tackles.
Ioane's yellow card for his tackle on Coetzee contributed to Queensland letting slip a 17-point lead for their first defeat of the season.
Lucas and Harris sustained similar hamstring injuries against the Sharks and were set to return home. The pair will be sidelined for at least three weeks, the Reds said.
Regular No. 10 and Australia international Cooper is expected to be out until May after knee surgery in the offseason.
Reds coach Ewen McKenzie called up fringe players Joel Rapana and Nathan Eyres-Brown to join the squad in South Africa ahead of the testing game at Loftus Versfeld, where the visitors will be forced to field their fourth-choice flyhalf.
"Losing your two healthy goalkickers and playmakers at the No. 10 position is far from an ideal scenario but we'll reassess in coming days and come up with a plan best suited for our final game on tour against the Bulls," McKenzie said.
He added the Reds were taking "a number of positives" from the loss against the Sharks.
Queensland, which won its first title last year, hasn't beaten the Bulls in Pretoria since 2001.