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Gloucester Rugby's Tavis Knoyle and Sila Pufasi charged after fight during Bath match

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 15, 2014

Gloucester Rugby's Tavis Knoyle and Sila Pufasi charged after fight during Bath match

The RFU has taken action against Gloucester and Bath players after a fight broke out between the sides at Kingshom

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Gloucester Rugby scrum half Tavis Knoyle and prop Sila Pufasi have been charged following a brawl at the end of the West Country derby against Bath on Saturday.

Two Bath players, Nick Abendanon and Paul James, have been cited for their part in the fight, which followed referee Tim Wigglesworth’s award of a penalty try that handed Bath victory in the match at Kingsholm.

Knoyle has been charged for his punch thrown at Bath number eight Leroy Houston, and Pufasi for a high tackle on Abendanon.

Knoyle was shown a red card to reduce Gloucester to 11 players following the earlier red shown to Sila Puafisi for his high tackle and sin-binnings of Mike Tindall and Huia Edmonds. Bath trio Carl Fearns, Matt Garvey and Dave Attwood were also shown yellow cards earlier in the match.

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Knoyle and Puafisi will appear before an RFU disciplinary panel on Wednesday. Bath full-back Abendanon and prop James were both given post-match citings for their involvement in the ruckus but are not required to attend a hearing.

A statement from the RFU said: “Gloucester Rugby players Tavis Knoyle and Sila Puafisi will appear before a Rugby Football Union Disciplinary Panel in London on Wednesday following Saturday’s Aviva Premiership match against Bath Rugby.

“Knoyle has been charged with striking Bath Rugby’s Leroy Houston contrary to Law 10 (4) (a).

“Puafisi has been charged with committing a dangerous tackle on Bath Rugby’s Nick Abendanon contrary to Law 10 (4) (e).

“The hearings will take place at the London Bloomsbury Hoilday Inn (7.15pm) in front of a panel of the RFU Head of Rugby Judiciary Sir James Dingemans (chair), Jeremy Summers and Liz Riley.

“In addition, Abendanon and Paul James have been given post-match Level One citings – the equivalent of a foul play yellow card – for striking Knoyle and a stamp on Shaun Knight respectively. No hearings will be held for these citings.

“The RFU is continuing to liaise with Gloucester Rugby following the club’s investigation into the throwing of an empty soft drink bottle towards the tunnel area as the match officials exited the field following the final whistle.”

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