Williams cops five-week ban

Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:18
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Wales and Cardiff Blues scrumhalf Lloyd Williams has been suspended for five weeks for a tip tackle on Montpellier scrumhalf Benoit Paillaugue.

Wales and Cardiff Blues scrumhalf Lloyd Williams has been suspended for five weeks for a tip tackle on Montpellier scrumhalf Benoit Paillaugue.

Williams was red carded by referee John Lacey (Ireland) in the 24th minute of the European Cup Round Three Pool Six match at Cardiff Arms Park last Sunday.

He appeared at an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin on Thursday where independent Judicial Officer, Jeremy Summers (England), heard submissions from Williams, Cardiff Blues team manager, Gafyn Cooper, and ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O’Connor.

Employing the IRB recommended sanctions for Law 10.4(j), Summers determined that the offence was at the mid-range entry point of eight weeks.  In line with the IRB memorandum on tip tackles, Summers added a further one week as a deterrent.

When considering the mitigating factors, Summers applied the maximum of four weeks for the Williams’ guilty plea, record and clear remorse, and accordingly suspended him for five weeks.

Williams will be free to play on January 14.

Newport Gwent Dragons lock Jevon Groves also appeared in front of Summers and received a two-week ban for a tip tackle on Mogliano fullback Ezio Galon in last Saturday’s European Challenge Cup match at Stadio Maurizio Quaggia.

Summers amended the charge to an offence under Law 10.4(e) as he determined that the offence was a dangerous tackle and not a tip tackle as defined by Law 10.4(j).

Having heard submissions from Groves, Dragons’ Director of Rugby, Robert Beale, and O’Connor, and employing the IRB recommended sanctions for Law 10.4(e), Summers determined that the offence was at the low-end entry point of two weeks.

Groves will thus be free to play on December 24.

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Sat, 16 December 2017
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Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
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Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
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Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
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Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3