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Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final: Bath react after spitting incicent

Last updated: 7th April 2013  

Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final: Bath react after spitting incicent

Peter Stringer and Jerome Fillol: Confrontation

That's as low as you can probably go. When you are on the end of something like that you are rattled by it, but try not to dwell on it. It's out of my hands now.

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Bath scrum-half Peter Stringer was furious after he was spat on by Stade Francais' Jerome Fillol during the English side's 36-20 defeat in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final.

The two scrum-halves clashed before a scrum in the 25th minute. Nothing untoward was seen by referee Nigel Owens and his assistants at the time, but replays showed Fillol spitting straight in Stringer's face.

The independent citing officer Eugene Ryan, from Ireland, has 50 hours from kick-off to decide whether to cite Fillol for the incident. An announcement is not expected until Monday.

On Sunday, Stringer tweeted: "Disgusted at what happened yesterday in the game. No place for it in rugby or any walk of life."

Brett Gosper, the chief executive of the International Rugby Board, tweeted: "Spitting on Stringer should be punished to the full extent of the law. #NotRugby."

Under the IRB disciplinary code, the sanction for spitting ranges between four and at least 11 weeks depending on the severity of the offence. The maximum ban is 52 weeks.

Angry

After the game, Stringer had said: "Obviously it is a bit raw at the moment, but it happened on the pitch and there is no place in the game for it.

"That's as low as you can probably go. When you are on the end of something like that you are rattled by it, but try not to dwell on it. It's out of my hands now."

Bath first-team coach Toby Booth said he had not seen the incident, but added: "Peter is pretty angry, I have not had time to speak with him but I would be pretty disappointed - as I am sure everyone would be - if that is proved to be true.There is no place for that at all."

English involvement in the tournament came to an end as Stade ran in four tries, two each from winger Waisea Vuidravuwalu and full-back Hugo Bonneval while fly-half Jules Plisson, Fillol and replacement Jerome Porical all contributing points through the boot.

Bath secured a penalty try and consolation scores from replacements Michael Claassens and Jack Cuthbert, while Stephen Donald kicked five points, but it was nowhere near being enough as the home side were outclassed.

"It was very disappointing, it was a big game and a big occasion for us and it did not go as we would have liked," he said.

"From a physicality point of view we were found wanting, and at the breakdown as they scored three tries off turnovers.

"We did not look after the ball well enough and that made it hard for us. The bottom line is we were not good enough. We were up for the contest but unfortunately for periods of time, particularly in the first half, we just weren't good enough."

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