ONE HEINEKEN cup round down, several big names forced to sit out – but not because of injury. Oh no, these boys have been a bit naughty.
The smart-booted scrum-half has been banned for four weeks after he snapped a jab at Bordeaux-Begles’ Gautier Gibouin. This means that the Top 14 incident causes the player to be banned for the upcoming Heineken game against Harlequins and, frustratingly for Philippe Saint-Andre, he will also miss the French game against New Zealand.
Not only will France miss his metronomic kicking, but with Maxime Machenaud also looking doubtful France will have to turn to yet another surprisingly-little-known but incredibly talented passer. Sigh… It does mean that Danny Care has one less decorated obstacle in front of him.
The former Munster centre was red carded in Perpignan’s close lose to Gloucester last week after he was adjudged to have tip-tackled Ryan Mills.
After a hearing, however, he was doled out a ban of six weeks for his dangerous play, meaning there is one less hard-hitting worry for Alan Solomons’ Edinburgh side, trying to back-up an impressive win against Munster.
The Scarlets prop saw yellow last week during the heart-pounding win against Harlequins after his boot was forced into the face of a grounded Danny Care. On reflection this week it was decided that it was indeed a stamp and a two-week ban was dealt to the Welshman.
OK, so the try-line terrifier is not getting any more time on the touchline despite getting a yellow on Sunday after kneeing opposite winger and try-scorer Marc Andreu. He is definitely the odd one out.
It was ordained that no extra ban would be tacked on and the winger will play Harlequins.