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Ban issued after Ewels' double yellow card sending off for Bath

By Sam Smith
(Photo by PA)

England lock Charlie Ewels will miss his club’s European Challenge Cup round of 16 match at Zebre in Italy this Friday following his one-match suspension for getting sent off after receiving two yellow cards in his club’s Gallagher Premiership defeat to London Irish last Sunday.

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Ewels was sent off by referee Craig Maxwell-Keys in the 68th minute at Brentford for a second foul play yellow card. The player accepted the charge and was given a one-week suspension by Gareth Graham, the sole judicial officer, who heard the disciplinary case heard on papers.

The referee’s report contained in the RFU’s written verdict detailed the reasons why Bath skipper Ewels was twice yellow carded. For the initial card in the first half, it stated: “Following a TMO review it was agreed by the match officials that Bath No5 had made direct contact with the head and was at fault as he could be lower. 

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“Direct head contact was agreed high danger which we mitigate down for the ball carrier changing direction and being tackled by another player.”

For the second card, the report outlined: “Following a TMO review it was agreed that Bath No5 tucked his arm across his body (no attempt to wrap) then hit the London Irish player in the back and off the ball. The player apologised post-match.”

The summary section of the disciplinary hearing verdict read: “The player accepted the charge at the earliest opportunity. He has no previous matters on his disciplinary record. He apologised for his conduct after the match and reiterated his remorse to the panel in written submissions.

“The entry point for two foul play yellow cards is a sanction of one week. Whilst normally the player would be entitled to a reduction from the entry point on account of the mitigating features present in this case, such a reduction is not possible as panels are not able to apply part-weeks by way of mitigation. As such, the sanction remains of one week.”

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Ewels was playing his first match for Bath after being on Guinness Six Nations duty with England, a campaign where he forced his way into the starting line-up for the final two matches versus France and Ireland. 

Reflecting on the final round 32-18 defeat in Dublin which consigned England to a fifth-place finish, Ewels last week said: “For whatever reason, it didn’t quite click on the day with a pretty flat, disappointing performance. I wasn’t sat there thinking this was going to be hard, I was thinking, ‘Here we go again, good test, good challenge’ and then it wasn’t to be.

“I felt the way we prepared that week it was there to push and go again. As with the nature of sport, it is straight into the next thing. You have almost got no time to dwell. We did that, had a bit of a review on Sunday and then you are back home and back in the club Monday, so it’s like a new challenge, a new environment again. I probably haven’t personally thought too much about it to be honest.”  

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Morne 41 minutes ago
Thanks but no thanks, the All Blacks do not need to copy the Boks

Some further observations: Most Rugby lovers I know agree that the AB’s have been the gold standard for as long as anyone can remember - very few people disagree. The odd time that any other team has some sort of ascendency - there are always those (albeit the minority) NZ supporters that need to remind us of the AB’s glorious gold standard that anyone winning them is only down to a mixture of pure luck or some or other sinister reason or bias from match officials (or indeed the Universe). For reasons mentioned above, any other team with some ascendency over the AB’s (even if it is the 1st time in 100 years) may not receive a pat on the back and a well-done - as they only did so out of pure luck. In my opinion, if the Boks were in the same realm as the AB’s SF opponents - they would have been smashed also - whether with 14 or 13 or 12 players. But remember they were just “lucky”. As a Bok supporter, I will say this team has done our proud - despite losing some games along the way. Like the AB’s, the games the boks lose are 9/10 times one score games - this is a long way from hidings like 57 - 0…And in that we must be proud. Most of these type of articles - especially those focusing on the RWC final rather conveniently leave out any mention of Pieter Steph du Toit, or even Eben Etzebeth who won all their collusions all day long. So to those very very few bad loser AB supporters out there (definitely the minority) - I’ll say what you want to hear - the AB’s are without any doubt the best Rugby brand ever. They have consistently achieved what all other teams can only dream of. And no doubt they will scale those heights again. Now what about allowing others the odd ray of sunlight that comes our way?

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