Wagga City centre Junior Tuvale will miss the remainder of the season after being handed a bumper suspension.
Tuvale was banned for seven weeks after being found guilty of stamping or trampling.
Tuvale was given a red card by referee Steve Frost with just over 30 minutes to play in Wagga City’s win over Albury on Saturday.
He was facing 14 weeks on the sidelines, the length of the entire Southern Inland home and away season.
However the Southern Inland Judiciary gave him a 50 per cent discount, the maximum afforded under the Australian Rugby Union Disciplinary Rules.
Tuvale pleaded guilty to breaking Rule 10.4b.
Wagga City has elected not to appeal the decision.
There are three more games before finals starts.
If Wagga City play in each of the four finals this year, Tuvale will be free to play at the start of next season.
If not his penalty will carry over until 2018.