Wasps coaches Scott Barrow and Pete Atkinson have received one-week bans after a misconduct charge arising from Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership defeat by Exeter was upheld.
Barrow, who is responsible for backs transition, has been censured for interfering with play by back-heeling the ball away and then preventing a Chiefs player from retrieving it.
Head of performance Atkinson is sanctioned for comments made towards referee Wayne Barnes after a try was scored by Exeter.
The Wasps water carrier incident… 💦 pic.twitter.com/mHYKvQY7LF
— shay waterworth (@ShayWaterworth) October 17, 2021
✅ Ball kicked away
✅ WATER CARRIER sent off (?!)
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 16, 2021
Both will only be able to attend Sunday’s trip to Saracens as spectators and will return to full duties against Bath the following weekend.
A disciplinary hearing also instructed them to “deliver a presentation to the non-playing members of Wasps staff on the Premiership regulations relating to the operation of technical areas for matches and also how their own off-field conduct was contrary to the values of the game”.
In the end Exeter came away with a 23-27 win having trailed by five points at half time and following full time Exeter head coach, Ali Hepher, said: “We went into a bit of a safe mode [after taking the lead] and that lost us games last year, big games.
“Mentally, we’ve got to nail that bit down … But second half, we kept at it. It showed real mental resilience to get knocked back from the five-metre pressure.
“A lot of teams would have folded when they cleared their lines, but when we got our chances later on, we were clinical.”
You can watch full match highlights, and a bit of the brawl, below: