Sunwolves' winger Taulagi banned for five weeks

Sunwolves' Jamie-Jerry Taulagi (L) is given red card during their Super Rugby match against Chiefs, at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton, on April 29, 2017

Sunwolves winger Jamie-Jerry Taulagi was banned for five weeks Monday after pleading guilty to a dangerous tackle during the weekend's tense Super Rugby loss to the Waikato Chiefs.

Taulagi was shown a red card for a shoulder charge targeting the head of Chiefs outside back Shaun Stevenson in the dying moments of the match in Hamilton.

The SANZAAR judiciary said the Auckland-born player was facing a suspension of up to seven weeks but it was reduced to five due to his early guilty plea and remorse.

While Taulagi is suspended until June 10, a round 12 bye and Super Rugby's mid-season break means he will miss only three matches.

The next match he will be available for is the Sunwolves' clash with the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on July 1.