Highlander Sam Gilbert, the big band police, for tackling the ugly on Michael Hooper,

Highlanders star Sam Gilbert has been banned for a long time for the ugly tackle of Waratahs captain Michael Hooper.

Gilbert will stay away from all forms of rugby for the next five weeks, and his ban has not been lifted until June 26.

It was the first half of Sunday’s Super Rugby Boulevard in Dunedin when Gilbert Hooper received a red card for picking him off the ground and throwing him over his head.

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The Wallabis captain and 118-Test veteran later called for his opponent to be suspended for the incident.

“I don’t want that from anyone,” Hooper said.

“These things happen in this game but I’m disappointed that it happened to me. I think he should have missed a few weeks.”

Hooper got his wish, with Sanjar’s foul play review committee handing over the suspension two days later.

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“In the case of approval, the Foul Play Review Committee deems it eligible for a 10-week mid-range entry point, which is a level of reckless display and a danger to the tackled player,” said Dr. Michael Heron.

“The foul play review committee has reduced the suspension to five weeks, considering the player’s clean judicial record, including the recognition of his foul play.”

Hooper had the last laugh as he won a stunning defeat in the Waratahra enemy territory.

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