Rugby League: Citing for 'biting' threatens Bath

Bath 24 London Scottish 23

BATH'S reputation for fair play and their awesome reputation in the Tetley's Bitter Cup are under serious threat this morning. After scraping home in the fourth round of the cup against London Scottish it emerged that the Second Division club were considering citing a Bath player for allegedly biting one of theirs.

The incident happened at the end of normal time in the first half. The Exiles' flanker, Simon Fenn, remained lying on the ground following a scrum clutching his left ear. The referee, Ashley Rowden, did not see what happened but said afterwards: "There is no way it was a boot because there is a bit taken out of his lobe. It had to be a bite. There was a lot of blood. Looking at the ear it was similar to the Evander Holyfield incident when Mike Tyson bit his ear.

"I did not see who did it, But it is the worst and most heinous crime in rugby. I've never come across it before. I called the Bath captain Andy Nicol over and told him it was quite clearly a bite and that if I saw anyone else going in with their teeth they would be sent off."

Fenn, an Australian from Manly making his debut for London Scottish, was taken to hospital after the game and both clubs were said to be having a meeting about the incident. Neither would make any comment until they have thrashed things out. It is not clear whether Scottish will be able to cite a player because Rowden awarded a penalty against Bath, although logic dictates that since no one player was singled out then the culprit went unpunished.

After their abject display there is little doubt that Bath's coach, Andy Robinson, will have something to say about the rest of Bath's game. There is certainly plenty to ponder with the Heineken European Cup final looming just three weeks away.

While Scottish fought - literally at times - tooth and nail to reach the fifth round, Bath looked out of it. There was not a single phase of the game where they looked like asserting their obvious supremacy.

The Exiles were not cowed by Bath's awesome Cup reputation. They may have won the competition 10 times in 14 years, but on this showing there is little likelihood of themlifting the trophy this time.

There were patches of purple play from them, notably wing Mike Kayson's first-half try and Richard Webster's just after the interval, and of course Jon Callard's boot kept them in the the game throughout, but for the bulk of the game they were patchy. It was Scottish who lived in their faces, particularly in the close encounters.

Mick Watson did appear to be lucky to stay on when he was penalised for a high tackle after an hour, since he had been shown the yellow card for illegal footwork on Matt Perry in the second minute. But he still did a lot of great work putting in.

In fact the defence was astoundingly good. Scottish took the lead early on through a Paul Johnstone try, regained the lead through the boot of Derrick Lee, another Exile hero, lost it once more as Bath hit back then lifted everyone's spirits with a great try for their superb scrum-half, Colin Morley. Lee's boot and a penalty from Iain McAusland had Bath wobbling.

Typically Scottish lost the match in injury time when the left wing Conan Sharman was deemed to have obstructed Bath's full-back Jon Callard. The former England player slotted home the penalty. Even so Bath still had to hold out for almost nine minutes of added time before they could celebrate their victory.

Bath: J Callard; M Kayson, M Perry, M Catt (P de Glanville, 40), A Adebayo (I Balshaw, 51); R Butland, A Nicol (capt); K Yates, F Mendez (A Long, 52), V Ubogu (J Mallett, 75), N Redman, G Llanes, N Thomas, D Lyle, R Earnshaw (R Webster, 40).

London Scottish: D Lee; G Thompson, J Bonney, R Davies, C Sharman; I McAusland, C Morley (S Cook, 80); P Johnstone, J Allan (G French, 65), J Kelly (P Burnell, 40), R Hunter, M Watson, S Fenn (T Davies, 65), C Tarbuck, S Holmes (capt).

Referee: A Rowden (Reading).

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Cleaner

£15000 - £16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you've got first class custo...

Recruitment Genius: Mobile Applications Developer / Architect - iOS and Android

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity to join a medium s...

Recruitment Genius: Telesales Account Executive - £40K OTE

£11830 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Working in a friendly, sales ta...

Recruitment Genius: Web Designer

£15000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading web des...

Day In a Page

Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water