All Blacks prop Joe Moody banned for striking Kurtley Beale

Joe Moody was given a two-week ban for striking Kurtley Beale

All Blacks prop Joe Moody has been banned for two weeks for striking Kurtley Beale during the Crusaders’ comeback win over the Waratahs on Saturday.

In an off-the-ball incident, Moody raised his elbow into Beale’s jaw late in the first half, flattening the inside centre, before collecting a pass and scoring the Crusaders’ first try.

Local referee Ben O’Keeffe and an all-New Zealand roster of officials allowed the incident to go unpunished and the try stood.

The Crusaders scored 31 unanswered points to beat the Waratahs in Christchurch

It proved to be a decisive moment as the Crusaders, who had been trailing 29-0 before the incident, ran over three tries in the following minutes before half-time and eventually overhauled the Waratahs 31-29.

The citing commissioner had found the incident “had met the red card threshold for foul play,” governing body SANZAAR said in a statement on Sunday.

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Moody will miss the matches against the Blues and Hurricanes but is free to play in New Zealand’s three-Test series against France, which begins on June 9 with all games live on Sky Sports Action.

The Crusaders’ victory extended New Zealand’s winning streak over Australian Super Rugby sides to 39 straight matches.