Dragons prop Brok Harris has been banned for two weeks for a dangerous clear-out on Ospreys scrum-half Aled Davies.
The incident happened during the opening minute of the second half of Saturday’s PRO14 encounter at Rodney Parade, which the Dragons went on to win 25-18.
Harris appeared to clear-out Davies, who’d been involved in a tackle, and his seemingly high hit sparked a scuffle on the deck, although referee Andrew Brace decide not to take any further action.
However, the South African was reported by the Citing Commission for an infringement of Law 9.20 – dangerous play in a ruck or maul, and it now seems that the complaint has been upheld.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the PRO14 said: “Brok Harris of Dragons Rugby has been banned for a period of two weeks as a result of a Citing Complaint made against him for an incident that occurred on Saturday, January 4 in the Guinness PRO14 Round 10 fixture with Ospreys Rugby.
“The Player faced a Disciplinary Committee today Wednesday, January 8 via Videoconference where the Disciplinary Panel comprised of Michael Coghlan (Chair) George Spotswood and Rose Alice Murphy (All Ireland).
“The incident occurred in the 41st minute of the game at Rodney Parade, Newport. The Citing Commissioner deemed the player to have committed an act of foul play against an opponent, Aled Davies (No 9) of the Ospreys.
“The Committee concluded that an act of foul play under Law 9.20 b (A Player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders) had occurred and that the Player’s actions warranted a red card.
“This merited a mid-range entry point of four weeks, and with mitigation of 50 per cent applied due to the player’s previously clean disciplinary record over 14 years and his behaviour throughout the process, this was reduced to two weeks.”
The ban now means that Harris will now miss the Dragons’ two remaining Challenge Cup group fixtures against Castres and Enisei.
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