Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Grewcock hit for six

Bath lock Danny Grewcock was last night suspended for seven weeks after being found guilty of stamping on Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris in last weekend's Heineken Cup tie at The Rec.

Grewcock was sent off in the 32nd minute of Bath's defeat after referee Jerome Garces saw the former England international stamp on Ferris' arm.

Independent judicial officer Jean-Noel Courard suspended Grewcock until March 13 after determining he was guilty of foul play at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin.

The standard suspension for a mid-range offence is five weeks but Grewcock was hit with an extra fortnight due to his poor disciplinary record.

Grewcock is no stranger to disciplinary hearings. He had to sit out the 2007 Rugby World Cup after being suspended for six weeks for punching French lock Thibault Privat.

Last night's verdict is yet another blow for Bath's troubled season.

Grewcock is set to miss six matches, including Guinness Premiership fixtures against London Irish, Worcester, Saracens and Newcastle.

Earlier, London Irish number eight and Tongan international Chris Hala'ufia was banned for four weeks after pleading guilty to striking Leinster captain Leo Cullen in their 11-11 Heineken Cup draw last Saturday.

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