Chiefs' Faauli gets month ban for high tackle

Waikato Chiefs' Jonathan Faauli (C) has a potential six-week ban reduced to four after pleading guilty to a high tackle

Waikato Chiefs centre Jonathan Faauli was suspended for four weeks Monday over a high tackle during his team's win over the Northern Bulls on the weekend, governing body SANZAAR said.

Faauli was cited for a dangerous tackle on Jan Serfontein in the 27th minute of the 28-12 victory in Hamilton on Saturday.

The 21-year-old was facing a six-week ban but SANZAAR said in a statement that the judiciary cut it to four after the player pleaded guilty.

Faauli will miss the Chiefs' three-week road trip to South Africa and Australia, as well as a home fixture against Japan's Sunwolves.