One-week suspension should be sufficient for Scunthorpe rugby 'talisman' Vaimoso
Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club 'talisman' Rewiti Vaimoso will be available for the remainder of their relegation run-in – despite the winger's red card during Saturday's win at Broadstreet.
The Kiwi was sent off in the closing stages of the 39-36 success for what was deemed to be a dangerous tackle.
Scunthorpe coach Tim Robinson disputes the decision, claiming the match referee did not see the whole move involving the alleged spear tackle, where a player is lifted off the ground and then dropped.
But the club will ban the player for a week and hope the use of video evidence will deem that punishment sufficient when he attends a hearing of the Notts, Lincs and Derbyshire RFU in a few weeks' time.
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"He did pick the player up – and spear tackles are outlawed – but in my eyes, the guy had offloaded the ball and Woody had realised that and so put him down," said Robinson.
"But fortunately the referee was being assessed on Saturday and the game was being videoed.
"We can use the video and the evidence will hopefully show there was no real intent there."
Scunthorpe have a break in National Three Midlands this weekend, but as it is a scheduled match day in the eyes of the RFU, a one-week ban would still count, meaning Vaimoso would be eligible for selection for the Greens' home game with Hinckley on March 23.
"He hasn't scored as many tries this year but he's still got that threat and sides look at him as a threat. He opens up space for others," added the Greens coach.
"He's still creating opportunities and he's going to be important to us between now and the end of the season."