Brumbies' Peni banned for five weeks for dangerous Dagg tackle

Brumbies winger Chance Peni has been suspended for five weeks following a dangerous tackle on Israel Dagg in a 21-8 defeat to the Crusaders on Saturday.

Peni was shown a yellow card in the 19th minute of the Super Rugby match following a high challenge that caught Dagg around the head and forced the New Zealand international to be replaced.

And the Brumbies flyer has submitted a guilty plea that was accepted by SANZAAR's Foul Play Review Committee, leading to a suspension that will run up to and including June 17.

Committee chairman Nigel Hampton said in a statement: "With respect to sanction, the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks.

"The player has received two previous periods of suspension for similar incidents in the preceding 12 months, and the Foul Play Review Committee added a further week to the sanction for that aggravating factor.

"However, taking into account mitigating factors, including the player's remorse shown on field and his pleading guilty at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to five weeks."

The Brumbies are fourth in the Australian Conference and will be without Peni for their next four matches.

Dagg is reportedly now unlikely to make his All Blacks return against France in June, having suffered a setback to a long-term knee injury in the tackle.

He posted on Instagram: "No harm intended, brother [Peni]. It's all good. Time to rehab and get back very soon."

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