Dean Mumm will miss the Wallabies' first match on the northern tour.
Dean Mumm will miss the Wallabies' first match on the northern tour. DAVID MOIR

Mumm to miss one match for elbowing

RUGBY UNION: Wallabies backrower Dean Mumm has been outed for one match for striking and will miss the opening game of the Australians' spring tour against Wales.

Mumm was cited for striking All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick in the 55th minute of the Wallabies' 37-10 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park.

He seemed to elbow Retallick high after the All Blacks lock held Mumm back.

Referee Nigel Owens missed the incident, but the citing commissioner didn't.

Mumm pleaded guilty to the charge, which has an entry point of a two-week suspension, but Mumm was offered one week by the SANZAAR judicial officer, due to mitigating circum- stances, which he accepted.

Duty judicial officer Robert Stelzner said Mumm had acted instinctively in the incident, after being held back by Retallick in play.

Retallick later wnet off with a concussion, though Stelzner said Mumm's elbow had not prevented him from playing on initially.

"With respect to sanction I deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of two weeks,” Stelzner said.

"Part of the reasoning was that the player acted instinctively in retaliation to his being illegally held back by his opponent upon trying to rejoin play.”

Before the decision Wallabies coach Michael Cheika spoke briefly about the incident.

"He's [Mumm} trying to get away from being held back illegally in the ruck, so we'll see what happens tonight and after the decisions start to flow, we'll talk a bit more about it then,” Cheika said.

Mumm will be available for the November 12 Test against Scotland at Murrayfield.

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