NRC: Fijian duo facing 12 weeks after eye gouge citing

Two Fijian Drua players could face 12 weeks on the sideline after they were cited following an eye-gouging accusation from Canberra Vikings hooker Folau Faingaa on Friday night.

Eroni Vasiteri and Apisalome Waqatabu will face the National Rugby Championship judiciary after the duo were cited for making contact with a Faingaa's eyes in the round five clash.

Faingaa accused the Fijian players of eye-gouging him at the bottom of a ruck during the first half of Canberra's thumping 66-5 win at Viking Park.

Faingaa won a ruck penalty in the 21st minute but then fell to his knees and clutched his eyes after the referee Angus Gardner blew his whistle.

When Gardner came to check on ACT Brumbies recruit Faingaa, he said: "He f------ eye gouged me."

Fox Sports footage was inconclusive as Faingaa's head was obscured by three Fijian players trying to remove him from the ball.

Without clear vision Gardner was unable to take further action but gave a stern warning to Fiji captain John Stewart and said there would likely be ramifications after the game.

"There's been an allegation of an eye gouge by No. 2 of the Canberra team," Gardner said.

"Listen to me ??? very, very serious.

"Someone will deal with it if there is an issue, after the game, but it's unacceptable, completely unacceptable.

"You need to speak to your players and anything like that is completely unacceptable."

Former Wallabies winger and Fox Sports commentator Drew Mitchell condemned the behaviour during the broadcast.

"There's no place for that in our game," Mitchell said.

The Vikings lodged a formal complaint following the shocking on-field incident.

It was reviewed and the Fijian players have been cited for breaching law 10.4 (m) 'Contact with the Eye(s)' or 'Contact with the Eye Area'.

If found guilty, Vasiteri and Waqatabu face a minimum 12 weeks' suspension, while the offence carries a maximum penalty of four years.

Vikings coach Tim Sampson is confident if the pair are charged they'll be held accountable for their actions.

"Its something that's not going to be accepted in the game and if they're found guilty then I'm sure the judiciary will hand down the punishment they deserve," Sampson said.

The hearing will be overseen by judicial officer Terry Willis and held at the Australian Rugby Union headquarters in Sydney on Thursday.

It marks the second ugly incident of Fiji's debut NRC season after hooker Samu Suguturaga was banned for 20 weeks after being found guilty of biting Brisbane City captain Andrew Ready.

The Vikings are second on the NRC ladder and next face bottom-placed Melbourne Rising away on Sunday, with Wallabies lock Rory Arnold back in the Canberra squad.

The clash will see Arnold face Wallabies teammate Lopeti Timani who was also released from the Rugby Championship squad by coach Michael Cheika this week.

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