22 Sep 2019

Rugby World Cup: Hodge cited for dangerous tackle against Fiji

9:48 pm on 22 September 2019

Wallabies winger Reece Hodge faces an uncertain future at the Rugby World Cup after being cited for a dangerous tackle during their opening win over Fiji in Sapporo.

Wallabies player Reece Hodge.

Reece Hodge scored a try in the Wallabies win over Fiji but was later cited for a dangerous tackle on Peceli Yato. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

More than 24 hours after the incident, citing commissioner John Montgomery of Scotland ruled Hodge had a case to answer following the tackle on flanker Peceli Yato which appeared to be high and involved no arms midway through the first half of Australia's 39-21 victory.

The 25-year-old Melbourne Rebels utility back will attend an independent judicial committee hearing in Tokyo but a date and time are yet to be determined.

Fiji were incensed by the tackle, which stopped what was shaping as a likely try to Yato, metres from the line.

The impressive forward, arguably the game's best player until then, was forced from the field with concussion and failed to return.

Peceli Yato scores the game's first try during the first half of the match.

Peceli Yato scored the first try of the game but was forced from the field following his collision with Hodge. Photo: AFP

Fiji captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu's demand for the incident to be reviewed by the television match official was granted. However, English official Rowan Kitt ruled there had been no foul play.

The incident was reportedly referred to Montgomery by the Fijians.

World Rugby referee boss Alain Rolland said on the eve of the tournament that officials would take a zero-tolerance approach to high tackles.


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