Northampton forward Harrison receives ban

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Northampton Saints forward Teimana Harrison has received a one-week suspension and is free to play again on 27 March.

Harrison, who accepted the charge, was red carded for dangerous play after a strike with the head on Nathan Catt of Bath Rugby contrary to law 9.12.

The incident occurred in the 71st minute of the Anglo-Welsh Cup match Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints on Friday 9 March 2018.

"Teimana Harrison accepted the charge that he struck Nathan Catt with his head," said chair of the panel Gareth Graham.

"The panel heard evidence that contact was minimal and that 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. On balance, the panel determined that such a sanction was wholly disproportionate to the level of offending and that a one-week ban was appropriate."

The panel comprised Graham (chair) with Tony Wheat and Ruth Middleton.