Wallaroos captain Liz Patu has been handed a six-week suspension for biting during Queensland's 28-3 win on Saturday afternoon.
The Queensland women's prop fronted a hearing on Monday night at Ballymore after being cited for biting West Australian lock Rebecca Clough.
The RugbyWA lock complained to referee Lara West immediately, evening pointing to her arm for proof but having not seen the incident, which happened deep in the ruck, no decision was able to be made.
Patu pleaded guilty to the offence.
While the offence of biting (under Law 9.12) carries a carries a 12-week suspension, Patu received the full 50% reduction available under World Rugby regulations due to mitigating factors and her previous good character and clean disciplinary record.
Patu will likely miss the remainder of the remainder of the Super W season if she chooses not to appeal the decision.
The Wallaroo has apologised for her actions in the following statement:
“I’d like to express my remorse for my actions in Saturday’s match. I apologise to Rebecca Clough, the Rugby WA Women’s team, my own teammates and the wider Rugby public.
“I’ve played club, state and international Rugby and previously haven’t committed an act such as this and I accept my punishment.
“I want to reassure the Rugby public, administration and my fellow players, that when I return to play I will ensure that the game is played in the right spirit and do what I can to promote the Women’s game in a positive manner.
“My actions the other night were unacceptable and will not be repeated.”