Worcester Warriors prop Ryan Bower has been handed a two-week ban following a red card offence during his side's seven-try victory over Bristol Bears last weekend.
He was shown a red card by referee Wayne Barnes in the 68th minute of the match Worcester Warriors v Bristol Bears on Sunday 7 October 2018. This was for dangerous play in a ruck, contrary to Law 9.20 (making contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders).
The starting point for Bower's indiscretion was a mid-range ban, starting at six weeks. The 27-year-old was allowed the" maximum credit" for a clean record and guilty plea.
Independent panel chair Daniel White said: “The panel found that the player had been in control of his actions when entering the ruck and had not charged in off his feet. However it was accepted by the player that he had made direct contact with the head of Will Hurrell.
"As a result, the mandatory entry point of mid-range applied. The panel allowed maximum credit on account of the player's plea, previous clear record and all other mitigating features being present. He is suspended for two weeks and is free to play again on Tuesday 23 October.”
A two-week ban will allow Bower to return in time for Worcester's return to Premiership action after two weeks of Challenge Cup fixtures against Stade Francais and Ospreys. The Warriors return to domestic rugby against Sale Sharks on Friday the 26th of October.