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Statement: Bath prop Beno Obano BANNED after being sent off in Premiership final

Bath’s Beno Obano slapped with four-match ban after red card in Premiership final defeat by Northampton Saints

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Bath’s powerhouse prop Beno Obano has been hit with a four-match suspension following his red card during Saturday’s nail-biting Premiership final loss to Northampton Saints.

Obano, 29, was given his marching orders in the 21st minute after a bone-crunching tackle on Northampton’s number eight Juarno Augustus was deemed dangerous by the officials.

Despite admitting to foul play in a disciplinary hearing, Obano contested that his actions warranted a red card. However, the disciplinary panel upheld the original decision.

The England international’s ban could be reduced to three matches if he completes a World Rugby coaching intervention programme. This suspension will see him miss the start of next season.

Despite being down to 14 men for an hour, Bath mounted a valiant comeback, clawing back to lead 21-18. Their hopes were dashed when Alex Mitchell crossed the line for Saints’ match-winning try.

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#5. Joe Marler (England)

BARNES SAID: ” “He was always a funny one on the field in nice way. You’d be trying to tell him something serious and he’d just want to have a laugh and a joke.

“But he does bring a smile to your face. That is what is unique about our sport, the interaction between players and refs and refs and coaches. It does show our sport off in a good light.”

Joe Marler of England warming up during the Six Nations Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on the 12th March 2022 – PHOTO: George Tewkesbury/PPAUK