RaboDirect Pro12: Scarlets’s Liam Williams banned for two weeks

RaboDirect Pro12: Wales full-back Liam Williams is banned for two weeks for a dangerous tackle on Alex Cuthbert

Wales full-back Liam Williams has been banned for two weeks for his ‘dangerous’ tackle on international team-mate Alex Cuthbert.

It means the Scarlets star will be able to return for the final round the RaboDirect Pro12 and will be available for Wales’ summer tour of South Africa in June.

Williams was shown a yellow card six minutes into the Scarlets’ 17-13 Judgement Day defeat to Cardiff Blues at the Millennium Stadium for a mid-air collision with Cuthbert, but was later cited for the dangerous tackle contrary to Law 10.4 (e).

The committee determined that “there was a heavy onus on the tackling player to ensure the safety of the player in the air”.

The 23-year-old also received a red card when he was pulled up by referee Ian Davies for cynically slowing down the ball at a ruck and shown his second yellow card of the game, but has not been handed a further punishment for that offence and is free to return after Sunday 4 May.

As the Welsh derby reached boiling point, Williams also took a boot to the head in a ruck from frustrated Blues number 8 Robin Copeland, who was red carded for the incident and the Munster-bound forward also appeared at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin today.

Copeland has been handed a lenient two-week ban and is also available to play on the final weekend of the regular season—potentially against Williams with the Scarlets hosting the Blues in Llanelli.

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