Teimana Harrison handed one-week ban

Teimana Harrison was red-carded during the Anglo-Welsh semi-final clash against Bath
Teimana Harrison was red-carded during the Anglo-Welsh semi-final clash against Bath
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Northampton Saints flanker Teimana Harrison has been handed a one-match suspension following his red-card incident in the recently concluded Anglo-Welsh Cup encounter against Bath Rugby at Recreation Ground.

The England international was sent-off in the 66th minute of the game for a strike to the head of Bath prop Nathan Catt.

The decision proved costly as fly-half Josh Lewis kicked a penalty in the next minute to lead Bath to a 13-12 victory and a berth in the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

"Contact was minimal," chair of the panel Gareth Graham said.

"No injury was caused. Unlike other offences involving a strike to the head, there is no mandatory entry point for a strike with the head to the head of an opponent.

"Having had the benefit of hearing from the player and from Mr Catt, the panel had no hesitation in finding that the action merited a low-end entry point, which carries with it a four-week sanction.

"The panel was impressed by the player's record, both on and off the field, and his remorse was obvious; he clearly satisfied the requirements to receive the full 50% reduction by way of mitigation."

Harrison will miss Northampton Saints' Aviva Premiership encounter against Newcastle Falcons at St James' Park and will be free to resume playing from 27th March.

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