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Bristol Deducted One Championship Point

Published on 23rd October 2013 by Tom Tainton

Club breach regulation 3.4(c) in victory over Bedford Blues

Bristol Rugby have been deducted one Championship point for breach of league regulations in the 45-27 victory over Bedford Blues on Sunday, 6 October at the Memorial Stadium.

Following a meeting of the Championship Organising Committee, it was decided that the Club would be deducted one competition point for a breach of Championship Regulation 3.4(c).

The following RFU statement reads:

The breach of Regulation 3.4(c) took place during minute 67 and 76 of Bristol's fixture against the Blues, during which the club had fifteen players on the field.

The sequence of events and the Regulations set out in 3.4 meant that Bristol should have played with fourteen men for the period of time of the match going to uncontested scrums to the conclusion, due to Bristol's number 17 (Jason Hobson) not being able to return from the blood bin.

The decision to deduct one league point was reached as a result of a) the effect of the breach, resulting in Bristol having one extra man on the field, and b) the level of the competition and of team management leaving no excuse for misunderstanding or not reading the relevant Regulations applicable to the competition.

Bristol Rugby has the right to appeal, which must be lodged within fourteen days of receiving the judgement and the Club will consider their position over the next few days.

Bristol Rugby will make no further comment at this time.