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Bracken defends Grewcock over sending-off

08 Sep 2002
Bracken defends Grewcock over sending-off

England lock and Bath captain Danny Grewcock could face a lengthy playing ban after receiving a red card during his side’s 28-3 Zurich Premiership loss against his former club Saracens.

The 29-year-old received his marching orders for use of the boot on the face of Saracens skipper Kyran Bracken just before half-time of the Vicarage Road clash and he will now be forced to appear before an RFU disciplinary panel who have the power to mete out an 84-day ban for the offence, which left the Saracen bleeding profusely but able to carry on.

Grewcock, who four years ago became just the second man in the history of English Test rugby to be sent off for some rough footwork on a prone All Black, could now miss out on England’s entire autumn international programme.

That ugly incident was the major talking point of a one-side match which saw the visitors completely outplayed by their opponents, Bath’s only three points coming from the boot of Ollie Barkley.

The lightweight Bath pack were given a roasting by the home forwards all afternoon as Saracens ran in three tries to rack up their points tally.

No.8 Ben Russell was the first man to cross the line, the backrower showing excellent support skills to crash over for a try, while French international Thomas Castaignede also demonstrated his continuing rehabilitation from his 18 month injury nightmare with a well-taken try of his own.

With Andy Goode in good form with the boot, it was an afternoon to forget for the men from the west country, Saracens’ substitute Joe Ross scoring a late try to give the home side a 28-3 final score.

The Scorers:

SaracensTries: Thomas Castaignede, Joe Ross, Ben RussellCons: Andy Goode, Nicky Little. Pen: Andy Goode (3)

BathPen: Ollie Barkley

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