Gloucester may appeal Dawidiuk ban
GLOUCESTER are weighing up whether to appeal Darren Dawidiuk's six-week ban for his tip tackle on ex-Kingsholm lock Dave Attwood.
Hooker Dawidiuk will miss five of the Cherry and Whites' six remaining regular-season fixtures.
On Monday night the 25-year-old pleaded not guilty to committing a dangerous tackle on Attwood in Gloucester's 31-25 defeat at The Rec on Friday, March 1.
The former Cornish Pirate was found guilty of the tip tackle though, and banned for six weeks.
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Had he pleaded guilty he would have been hit with a four-week ban.
The RFU disciplinary panel revealed good conduct, remorse and previous exemplary record on the field cut the ban from nine to six weeks.
Dawidiuk will be available to play again on April 22 – in time for Gloucester's final regular-season Premiership clash at Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, May 4.
Cherry and Whites bosses clearly feel Dawidiuk should not have been sent off in the first place against Bath.
The hooker offered that argument in Monday night's hearing, but his submission was effectively dismissed by the disciplinary panel.
Gloucester know that if they were to appeal and lose, then there is precedent for the RFU increasing Dawidiuk's ban.
So while the Kingsholm bosses will be frustrated by the ruling, they also realise any appeal carries with it a hefty element of risk.
Lock Lua Lokotui also pleaded not guilty to the same charge as Dawidiuk at Monday's hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Dawidiuk and Lokotui's cases were heard in conjunction.
But the 33-year-old Tongan second row's charge was dismissed out of hand, and he is free to play in Gloucester's London Welsh clash at Kingsholm on Saturday, March 23 (kick-off 3pm).