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Hipkiss, Claassens and Hanks have citings dismissed

25 September 2012

  • Three citings dismissed by His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett
  • Hipkiss, Claassens and Hanks free to play

Dan Hipkiss in action with Bath

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The citings of Bath Rugby’s Dan Hipkiss and Michael Claassens for a ‘tip tackle’ on Jamie Gibson and kicking Matthew Garvey respectively during Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 4 match against London Irish at the Madejski Stadium were tonight dismissed.

The panel comprised Nick Dark, Mike Curling and the RFU Disciplinary Officer, His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, who said: "On review of the DVD the panel determined that Dan Hipkiss did not drop or drive Jamie Gibson's head and/or upper body in to the ground. Dan Hipkiss tackled Jamie Gibson such that he landed on his back, so that the elements of Law 10.4.J were not made out.

"The panel determined that the contact between Michael Claassens and Matt Garvey was a clumsy collision. Michael Claassens’ movements were defensive and he made contact with knee and arms. He did not kick Matt Garvey. In the circumstances, an offence under 10.4.C is not made out."

Earlier, the panel also dismissed the citing of James Hanks (Exeter Chiefs) for ‘making contact with the eye or eye area’ of Saracens’ Steve Borthwick during Sunday’s Aviva Premiership Round 4 match against Saracens at Sandy Park.

His Honour Judge Blackett said: "The panel concluded that James Hanks' finger did make contact with Steve Borthwick's eye. However, the contact occurred in a dynamic situation during a ruck, when James Hanks was driving forward and putting his hand down to prevent him from falling over. The contact was entirely accidental.”