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Mont de Marsan prop Morgan Phelipponneau awaiting verdict over 'punching'

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

Shaun Knight

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MONT de Marsan prop Morgan Phelipponneau will find out today whether he faces punishment for punching Shaun Knight in the head on Saturday.

Gloucester made a citing complaint against the French front-rower, for allegedly striking tighthead prop Knight in the Cherry and Whites' 36-16 Kingsholm victory.

Kingsholm rugby director Nigel Davies said immediately after the match that Phelipponneau had 'kicked Shaun Knight twice in the head'.

But after reviewing the footage, Gloucester's final official complaint was changed to reflect the fact they believe Phelipponneau actually punched Knight rather than kicked him.

The confusion arose given Knight was struck when he was prostrate on the turf, with his face in the mud.

He naturally assumed he had been kicked, and relayed that to Gloucester bosses.

Gloucester eventually submitted two citings for punches, in the same incident, and ERC disciplinary bosses have decided to take one forward to a hearing.

The case will be heard in Dublin today.

Davies and Gloucester have been especially keen for this case to be scrutinised properly, after their frustrations with the fallout of their 11-6 victory at Mont de Marsan in October.

Flanker Andy Hazell was sent off for throwing a flurry of punches, reacting to intense provocation, that Gloucester alleged was eye gouging.

No case was brought against any Mont de Marsan player, leaving Gloucester nonplussed.

The Cherry and Whites will await today's hearing with interest.

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  • LucaTowers  |  January 25 2013, 7:41PM

    I'm really looking forward to Rupert Harden's return from injury. He is Gloucester Rugby's first choice and most talented tight head and the scrum is underpowered without him.

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  • mattw74  |  January 24 2013, 6:38PM

    Rupert Harden is the undisputed first choice tight head at Gloucester Rugby, unless you are some know-it-all troll like Django_G/glawsteruk1/akadau/Kap721/etc. who claims to know better than the coaches at Gloucester Rugby. That's the coaches who work with the players week in, week out.

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  • sam_silent  |  January 24 2013, 6:32PM

    Rupert harden = Top man = Top tight head = Gloucester Rugby's first choice tight head

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  • TuffleyRaider  |  January 24 2013, 6:26PM

    Let's face it, Gloucester's scrum is never the same without Rupert Harden anchoring it. Nigel Davies knows that which is why he (and not the clueless multi-identitied troll Django_G/akadau/flanker_6/etc.) selects Harden to start in the tough, critical games.

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  • Brasher  |  January 24 2013, 6:21PM

    Harden is the number 1 tight head at Gloucester Rugby. If the troll Django_G ever gets to a Gloucester Rugby game he could see that for himself but he never goes to any games.

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  • Wilson640  |  January 24 2013, 6:19PM

    Rupert Harden is the top rated and best tight head prop at Gloucester bar none.

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  • Deadeye_Glaws  |  January 24 2013, 6:16PM

    We can well do without our scrum disastrously folding as it did in that last scrum against Sarries. That is why we need Rupert, our best and most talented tight head, out on the field in the game against Saints in the Premiership.

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  • alex_bound  |  January 24 2013, 6:14PM

    Without an once of a doubt, Rupert Harden, our first choice tight head, is the best number 3 at Gloucester Rugby.

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  • Drusus  |  January 24 2013, 6:11PM

    Rupert Harden owns the tight head spot.

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  • LucaTowers  |  January 24 2013, 6:09PM

    Harden owns the number 3 shirt. He has no real competition for it

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