18th October 01:06 PM
Italy faces set back as 2 props given 3 match ban for joint tip-tackle on South African Vermeulen
By Navitalai Naivalurua
Monday 07/10/2019
Referee Wayne Barnes shows a red card to Italy's Andrea Lovotti, right, during the Rugby World Cup Pool B game against South Africa. [Photo:Stuff.co]

Italy has faced another set back to their must-win clash against the All Blacks this Saturday as two of their props have been given a three-match ban for their joint tip-tackle on South African Duane Vermeulen.

Prop Andrea Lovotti received a red card on the field for picking Vermeulen up and dumping him on his head.

Replacement prop Nicola Quaglio escaped an on-field sanction but was later cited for his part in the same tackle.

He admitted it was an act of foul play, but argued it did not warrant a red card.

Italy will face the All Blacks at 4.45pm this Saturday.



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