24th June 11:05 PM
Tongan Thor suspended for head-butting Messam
By Iva Danford
Tuesday 14/02/2017
Taniela Tupou head-butts Liam Messam (stuff.co.nz).

Queensland Reds player Taniela Tupou has been suspended for two weeks following a head‑butt on Chiefs captain Liam Messam.

The prop ‑ known from his Auckland schoolboy days as the "Tongan Thor'' ‑ was playing in a match against the Chiefs in the weekend during the Brisbane 10's when the incident was cited.

In a statement released by organisers, Judicial Officer Chris Newton accepted a guilty plea from the young Tupou for contravening Law 10.4 (a): Striking with the head.

Tupou has been suspended from all forms of the game for two weeks up to and including Saturday, February 25th this year.

The incident happened seconds after 20‑year‑old Tupou bumped off Messam, who had come in for a tackle.

Source: NZ Herald

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