Ball handed two-game suspension
SCARLETS lock Jake Ball has been handed a two-match ban after being found guilty of foul play by an independent disciplinary committee.
The 21-year-old was cited in the wake of the Scarlets' 13-6 RaboDirect Pro12 victory over Munster in Cork last weekend and at a hearing in Scotland yesterday Ball was handed a 'low-end' suspension that will see him miss Sunday's top-of-the-table clash with Ulster at Parc y Scarlets and the Heineken Cup tie with Exeter Chiefs on December 8.
A statement issued by Celtic Rugby said: "The disciplinary committee found that the player had committed the act of foul play, and found that it merited a low-end entry point.
"After applying aggravating and mitigating factors, the committee imposed a sanction of two weeks."
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While the Scarlets have plenty of second-row options available to them, it is a shame for the Australian-born lock, who produced his best performance of the season at Musgrave Park.
"Jake has been getting better for us all the time," said backs coach Mark Jones.
"It is a shame. But he is a physical player, which is what you want from your front five.
"He put in a lot of work against Munster and had a high tackle rate.
"But at least we are not undercooked in the second row.
"There were a few concerns in the off-season in that area, but the boys who have come in have not just added numbers but real quality as well.
"We have got some great options to choose from."