Leicester Tigers lose Nick Malouf for half of Aviva Premiership run-in

Malouf has been given a three-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Christian Wade. Rachel Holborn - CameraSport via Getty Images

Leicester will be without wing Nick Malouf for two of their remaining four Aviva Premiership regular season matches after he pleaded guilty to making a dangerous tackle on Wasps' Christian Wade.

Malouf has been banned for three weeks by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) following an incident in the 20th minute of Leicester's 16-15 win at Welford Road, for which he received a yellow card at the time.

The Australian wing's punishment was halved due to his guilty plea and previous clean disciplinary record, while Leicester argued successfully for their A League match on April 1 to be included in the timeframe.

That means that Malouf will miss just two Premiership matches -- against Bath and Northampton -- as they chase a top-four finish and place in the end of season playoffs.

"The player accepted that he had committed an act of foul play which passed the red card test," panel chair John Brennan said in a statement released by the RFU.

"The panel found that the player had struck the Wasps player's head. This required a mid-range entry point in accordance with the sanction table.

"Given the player's guilty plea and his clean disciplinary record the panel allowed full mitigation of 50 percent. He was suspended for a period of three weeks."