Ospreys disappointed with player bans
THE Ospreys have declared themselves "extremely disappointed" with a disciplinary panel's decision to hand significant bans to Joe Bearman and Ross Jones.
The pair appeared before an independent RaboDirect Pro12 hearing after being cited for an alleged tip tackle in the encounter against Connacht last Friday.
Bearman was banned for four weeks but will be out until March 25 after his playing schedule was taken into account.
Jones received a three-week suspension that will sideline him until March 11.
The Ospreys are less than impressed and issued a statement saying: "Ospreys Rugby are extremely disappointed with this outcome, given the nature and outcome of other high profile recent incidents of a similar nature and the exemplary disciplinary records of both Joe Bearman and Ross Jones.
"There will be no further comment on this matter from Ospreys Rugby at this time."
The disciplinary panel comprised Sheriff Kathrine Mackie (Scotland, chair), Pamela Woodman (Scotland) and Rob Flockhart (Scotland).
Bearman and Jones were cited for an infringement of Law 10.4(j) (lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player's feet are still off the ground such that the player's head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground).
Both players were found to have committed the act of foul play, with each meriting a low-end entry point.