Shell-shocked Tipoki could quit rugby

Blues centre Rua Tipoki is reconsidering his future in rugby after copping a 16-week ban for striking Force flyhalf James Hilgendorf.

The centre admitted that he may not carry on playing when the ban ended. “I’m going to have a really good look at it,” he told xtramsn rugby “Just the fact that rugby was going so good for me would make me keep me in it. But at the moment I’m not sure. I’d love to. But there are highs and lows and at the moment I am pretty down. I have a family to think about and things like that.”

Tipoki insisted he had not tried to injure Hilgendorf. “The tricky bit is whether the intent was to strike James or to injure him? I went in with the purpose to check him but not to injure. You just don’t go in to do that sort of damage to someone deliberately. I play a physical style. It has been to my detriment sometimes … looseness has cost me. I am just going to have to find ways to tighten it up.”

The Blues midfielder said he was still struggling to come to terms with the repetitive nature of his offending.

“I have wracked my brain over this when it has happened before and to tell you the truth I don’t know why. It’s been a long time since I have been before the judiciary here and I have had a good run in between and had some good highs. This is another low. I have experienced them before but all I can do is try to come out the other side and find that answer.”