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RUGBY: Bath duo cleared
10:14pm Tuesday 25th September 2012 in Sport
BATH players Dan Hipkiss and Michael Claassens have been cleared by an RFU panel after being cited for offences during last weekend's defeat by London Irish.
The RFU panel, chaired by chief disciplinary officer Judge Jeff Blackett and including Nick Dark and Mike Curling, cleared centre Dan Hipkiss of an alleged tip tackle on London Irish forward Jamie Gibson.
And scrum-half Michael Claassens was found not guilty of kicking Matt Garvey in the same Premiership match at the Madejski Stadium.
Blackett explained: "On review of the DVD the panel determined that Dan Hipkiss did not drop or drive Jamie Gibson's head and/or upper body into the ground.
"Dan Hipkiss tackled Jamie Gibson such that he landed on his back, so that the elements of law 10.4.J were not made out.
"The panel determined that the contact between Michael Claassens and Matt Garvey was a clumsy collision.
"Michael Claassens' movements were defensive and he made contact with knee and arms.
"He did not kick Matt Garvey. In the circumstances, an offence under 10.4.C is not made out."
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