Gloucester cleared of scrum wrongdoing
April 19, 2014
Sila Puafisi is shown a straight red for his high tackle on Nick Abendanon © Getty Images
Gloucester will not face any action over their decision to move to uncontested scrums in the fiery West Country derby against Bath last weekend.
Sila Puafisi's second-half red card saw Gloucester lose their substitute tight-head and with their starting No.3 Shaun Knight injured and unable to return to the field, Gloucester could not mount a front-row. Bath's coaches suggested post-match that Dan Murphy, another prop on Gloucester's bench, had played tight-head in the past but this was dismissed as a possibility by Gloucester coach Nigel Davies.
Whenever a match descends into uncontested scrums, the game is subject to a review by Premiership Rugby but the Aviva Premiership's governing body has found no sign of wrongdoing in Gloucester's call for uncontested scrums.
"We conducted a thorough inquiry taking evidence from a number of people at Gloucester Rugby over the decision to move to uncontested scrums in the match," said Premiership Rugby's director of rugby Phil Winstanley. "These included medical reports from the club.
"We have accepted Gloucester Rugby's evidence and have therefore we have concluded that Gloucester Rugby complied with the regulations and will face no sanction."
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