Rugby: Funnell suspended for one week

Ben Funnell. Photo / Getty Images
Ben Funnell. Photo / Getty Images

Crusaders hooker Ben Funnell has been suspended for one week for a dangerous tackle in his team's 41-19 victory over the Bulls.

Funnell, who replaced Corey Flynn in the second half, pleaded guilty to the offence, which left Bulls lock Grant Hattingh injured.

Sanzar duty judicial officer Nicholas Davidson said of the incident: ''[it] was not treated as deliberate foul play but resulted from a poorly executed hold to the neck of the Bulls player which was held as the players went to ground and thus dangerous. The Bulls player suffered concussion and whiplash.''

Funnell will miss Saturday's match against the Southern Kings in Christchurch.


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