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Monday, April 14, 2014

Tavis Knoyle punches Leroy Houston in dramatic Gloucester vs Bath derby

Saturday's dramatic West Country derby between Gloucester and Bath is set to be investigated after ugly scenes followed a late penalty try, awarded by referee Tim Wigglesworth, who showed two red cards and five yellows as Bath won the game 18-17.

Bath won at Kingsholm in the Premiership for the first time in eight years, but it came late in the contest as Gloucester, who ended the match with just 11 players, pulled down a driving maul and gave the referee little choice but to award the penalty try below the posts.

What followed was threatening to happen all match, as Tavis Knoyle boiled over and lashed out at Leroy Houston, striking him in the face. Houston retaliated, as did Nick Abendanon and a few others, but order was restored swiftly and Wigglesworth red carded Knoyle for being the instigator.

"What happened at the end with Tavis Knoyle, there is no place for that in the game. He just assaulted one of our players and we had to defend ourselves," said Bath head coach Mike Ford.

Earlier Gloucester replacement Sila Puafisi was also red carded, that time for an awful looking high tackle on Abendanon. Those were the two red cards, but there were also five yellow cards in total, ranging from professional fouls to high tackles.

"The one person Wigglesworth hasn't yellow carded today is himself.. that's the mistake he's made," said commentator Austin Healey, reacting to some of the decisions that were viewed as harsh.

It was a scrappy affair and the rugby wasn't pretty, with things only really hotting up in the last ten minutes. Bath's penalty try came after a series of attempts at the line, one of which was halted courageously by Jonny May when he threw his body between the tryline and Anthony Perenise.

In the end George Ford's conversion gave Bath the lead, and while Gloucester had hoped to control the restart, the visitors were awarded a penalty on the half way line for Knoyle's indiscretion.

"Well the rugby's been absolutely rubbish but everything else has been fascinating," added Healey.

Gloucester became only the second team in Premiership history to get two red cards in one match. The first was Bath, although one of those (to Francois Louw) was later rescinded.

Referee Wigglesworth reportedly had a bottle thrown at him as he left the field, just one element of a tumultuous affair that will be investigated by the RFU, while both teams - frustrated by the consistency of the officials - will submit reports.

UPDATE: Tavis Knoyle and Sila Puafisi will appear before a RFU Disciplinary Panel on Wednesday, for striking and committing a dangerous tackle respectively. Nick Abendanon and Paul James have been given post-match Level One citings – the equivalent of a foul play yellow card – for striking Knoyle and a stamp on Shaun Knight respectively. No hearings will be held for these citings.

Below is the penalty try and fight, with official highlights (including all cards) on page two

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45678 April 14, 2014 9:40 pm

Only saw the highlights on BT, not the full game, but thought each red and yellow card was deserved. The only person I felt sorry for was puafisi who looked genuinely mortified immediately after his tackle. It was a red card, but fair play to him for sportsmanship

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456798 April 15, 2014 8:51 am

I saw the full thing, and (as a glos supporter) the only one not deserved was the one Bath received for a high tackle. But for 30 penalties to have been given in just over a half, mostly for rubbish, completely destroyed the game - and in this time to only give 1 yellow for repeat offending is completely inconsistent with the number of calls he was making. In that last 10 mins the cards were justified, but the game was actually a pretty relaxed affair until the punch, it was just 80 mins of rubbish, made tame and lame by a whistle happy ref - not some 'fiery encounter' like is being suggested. The ref could easily have avoided these cards by not being such a tool.

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Edd April 15, 2014 7:47 am

I seem to recall that whilst Healey thought the individual cards were harsh, he did comment towards the end of the match that he thought Wigglesworth managed the final 10-15 minutes well, given what a difficult job that would have been, which was quite good to hear.

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Riddler April 15, 2014 9:51 am

Wasn't it Perenise on the receiving end of the punches, not Houston?

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Rugbydump April 15, 2014 12:56 pm

It was number 8 with the headgear, Houston. The cameras focussed on Perenise for a while after though.

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Ieuan April 15, 2014 10:54 am

Not seeing the game but only on highlights so don't have the best view on it and as a Welshman tavis your a pm idiot for doing that I have to say only one thing how did bath manage to be only 1 point up at the end just bizarre like

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Pan April 15, 2014 11:10 am

Abendanon should be sited for that running hay-maker on a held player at 03.07
Cowardly cheap effort...

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Rugbydump April 15, 2014 12:50 pm

He has been (as mentioned in the write-up)
"Nick Abendanon and Paul James have been given post-match Level One citings – the equivalent of a foul play yellow card – for striking Knoyle and a stamp on Shaun Knight respectively. No hearings will be held for these citings."

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Paulo April 15, 2014 12:18 pm

I must say, that i honestly respect the referee performance in a such difficult game to manage.

A Bad referee can ruin a Good Game, but a Good Referee cannot make a bad game into a good one.

And for me that was the case, low Rugby performance, and players didn't want to perform.

Cheers

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Saracen April 15, 2014 2:12 pm

Austin Healey's comments only serve to undermine referees in general. I don't see him rushing to qualify and get out there!
If we go down that road we'll end where the Premier League football Refs are. More importantly, it will deter people from taking up the challenge of officiating, as it has done up and down the country with soccer.
If players won't play within the rules, then it is often they themselves who spoil the game.

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DanKnapp April 16, 2014 3:45 pm

I completely agree. I think commentators, especially ex-professionals, have a responsibility to continue to treat the referee with respect. There is a big difference between explaining why a referee might have made a mistake and mocking him.

I know Healey has to foster his reputation as an outspoken pundit, but for me this is a no-go area. We should show no tolerance for it in our sport.

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DrG April 17, 2014 10:20 pm

Really dislike Healey to be honest... You and Dan really sum it up well..

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Barbo April 16, 2014 7:17 am

Garvey's yellow was fairly harsh, rest seemed justified but he was very whistle happy

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armchairref April 16, 2014 10:50 am

so what caused Tavis Knoyle to react the way he did? anyone see?

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DanKnapp April 16, 2014 3:46 pm

It's in the clip. Houston was mocking him on the ground, pointing at him with his finger and letting him know that he was the reason they'd been awarded a penalty try. I guess the frustration just got to him and he let rip with the punches.

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Lucius April 16, 2014 3:07 pm

French rugby game

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rtc April 17, 2014 4:15 pm

Sort of looks like he's trying to become Mike Philips 2.0. If he can't handle a winding up like that without losing his head and throwing them I don't think he'll last very long. Almost ironic that Peter Stringer was present, someone Mr Knoyle should probably be trying to learn a few things from

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