Friday, September 17, 2010
Newport Gwent Dragons players Aled Brew and Scott Morgan were both cleared of any wrong doing following their tumultuous encounter with Glasgow Warriors on Sunday. Brew seemingly spear tackled DTH Van Der Merwe, but has been cleared of any wrong doing.
Both Brew and forward Morgan had been cited following incidents in the game. Morgan was accused of striking an opponent, but video evidence revealed that there was nothing in it. Brew on the other hand, made this dangerous tackle yet wasnt carded, let alone penalised, at the time.
Glasgow coach Sean Lineen was furious and afterwards stated that the Welsh touch judges failed to act as they should, calling for neutral assistants to be put in place. Dragons coach Paul Turner then said that they were concerned about these comments, putting further pressure on the Welsh Rugby Union disciplinary panel.
The hearing took place yesterday and although Brew was found guilty of a dangerous tackle, a WRU statement said that the offence should have been dealt with by a penalty or a yellow card. That means that it was not considered a red card offence, the criterion which would have allowed the panel to slap a suspension on him.
Both Morgan and Brew will be free to play this weekend, as the Dragons meet the Cardiff Blues in the Magners League.
This clip, with Gaelic commentary, shows the little battle Brew and Van Der Merwe had, with a scuffle breaking out and then Van Der Merwe returning to the field after being yellow carded, only to be dumped by Brew a minute or so later.