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Scotland's Ferguson to miss NZ clash

Scotland will be without second row forward Dale Ferguson for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against holders New Zealand after being given a two-match ban.
Scotland's Ferguson to miss NZ clash
by AAP

EDINBURGH, Nov 11 PA - Scotland will be without second row forward Dale Ferguson for Friday's World Cup quarter-final against holders New Zealand after being given a two-match ban.

Ferguson was placed on report by referee Thierry Alibert midway through the first half of the Bravehearts' 22-8 win over USA at Salford last Thursday for a "grapple" tackle on hooker Tui Samoa.

He was on Monday found guilty by an international match review panel of a grade B dangerous tackle and has until 11am on Tuesday to accept the suspension or lodge an appeal.

Tomahawks hooker Joel Luani is facing a one-match ban after being found guilty of a dangerous throw in the same match, but he will fight the charge at a hearing on Tuesday.

If he fails to over-turn the suspension, he will miss America's quarter-final against Australia at Wrexham on Saturday afternoon.

England second rower Ben Westwood was cleared of any wrongdoing after being put on report for allegedly using his forearm during his side's 34-12 win over Fiji in Hull on Saturday.

Westwood is free for England's quarter-final at Wigan on Saturday night but Newcastle Knights forward Korbin Sims will miss Fiji's last-eight clash at Warrington on Sunday after he was given a two-match suspension for a grade B dangerous throw during the defeat to England.

Meanwhile, Tonga winger Jorge Taufua received a one-game ban for a grade A dangerous throw during his side's 16-0 win over Italy. He will serve the suspension for his club Manly Sea Eagles after the Tongans were eliminated from the World Cup.




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