Kiwi's rap sheet hands him a six-week ban
DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: Sio Tomkinson will miss six matches of Otago’s NPC campaign following a dangerous tackle during their match against Auckland.
Tomkinson was sent from the field by referee James Munro in the 81st minute of the match for a dangerous tackle on Auckland’s Simon Hickey during Saturday’s match in Dunedin.
The Highlanders centre has built a reputation as a fierce defender but his aggression has too often seen him on the receiving end of penalty calls.
Otago eventually suffered a 6-38 defeat.
In 2019, Tomkinson was handed a red card for a dangerous tackle on Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick. While the SANZAAR judiciary struck the card from the record, Tomkinson’s tackled was at the very least worthy of a yellow card.
More recently, Tomkinson spent 10 minutes in the bin in the Highlanders’ win over the Brumbies earlier this year for a dangerous shot on Tom Banks. That yellow card was upgraded to a three-week suspension following the match.
Barely a month ago, Tomkinson’s off the ball hit on Crusaders prop Oli Jager sent the prop to hospital. While Crusaders coach Scott Robertson thought Tomkinson’s actions warranted a red card, the midfielder was only shown yellow.
Tomkinson’s latest six-week suspension means he’ll miss Otago’s matches against Manawatu, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Counties Manukau and Northland.