Hipkiss and Claassens citings dismissed

25 September 2012

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."

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