Friday 23 August 2019

Video: Ex-Leinster star Jimmy Gopperth given three-week ban for flying punch

Wasps' Jimmy Gopperth (left) is tackled by Leicester Tigers' Lachlan McCaffrey (centre) and Fraser Balmain (right) during the Aviva Premiership match at Welford Road
Wasps' Jimmy Gopperth (left) is tackled by Leicester Tigers' Lachlan McCaffrey (centre) and Fraser Balmain (right) during the Aviva Premiership match at Welford Road

Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth has been handed a three-week ban after pleading guilty to striking Leicester's Mathew Tait on Sunday.

The former Leinster outhalf was sent to the sin-bin in the second half after colliding with Tigers back Tait in mid-air as they attempted to catch a kick.

"The charge against Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps for punching or striking, contrary to law 10.4(a) during Leicester Tigers vs Wasps on November 1, was heard last night," a Rugby Football Union statement read on Wednesday, after the half-back had appeared before its disciplinary panel in Coventry on Tuesday evening.

"The player pleaded guilty.

"Gopperth was given a three-week ban. He is free to play again on 24th November."

Watch the incident below:

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