Hooper hope­ful

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE Wal­la­bies are con­fi­dent key flanker Michael Hooper can es­cape sus­pen­sion for strik­ing when he fronts the SAN­ZAR ju­di­ciary tonight.

Hooper was cited on Mon­day for an off- the­ball in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Pu­mas half­back Ni­co­las Sanchez in the sec­ond half of the Wal­la­bies’ win in Men­doza.

Re­act­ing to be­ing held back in sup­port of Dean Mumm, Hooper swung around and ap­peared to col­lect his ri­val on the shoul­ders, knock­ing him to the ground.

The Wal­la­bies be­lieve Hooper used an open hand and has a good case to be ex­on­er­ated. If he cops a sus­pen­sion – and strik­ing has an en­try point of two weeks – Hooper will likely miss the Wal­la­bies’ clash with New Zealand in Syd­ney on Satur­day week.

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