Match at Kingsholm ends with a mass punch-up and a fan apparently throwing a bottle at referee Tim Wigglesworth
The Rugby Football Union will investigate the disgraceful scenes at the end of Gloucester’s Premiership match with Bath yesterday, which ended with a mass punch-up and a fan apparently throwing a bottle at referee Tim Wigglesworth.
The trouble was sparked by Bath being awarded a penalty try that, with George Ford’s conversion, meant they won the match 18-17. Gloucester’s replacement scrum-half Tavis Knoyle threw at least two punches at Bath’s Leroy Houston and was shown a red card, the second Gloucester had received after prop Sila Puafisi had been sent off for a reckless high tackle on Bath full‑back Nick Abendanon.
“What happened at the end with Tavis Knoyle, there is no place for that in the game,” Mike Ford, the Bath head coach, said. “He just assaulted one of our players.”
In addition, there were five yellow cards shown in all, three for Bath. Gloucester ended the match with 11 players on the field.
Knoyle can expect a ban and Puafisi will also be subject to a disciplinary hearing. Gloucester could also be in trouble for failing to control their fans. An RFU spokesman said: “The match will be subject to a full review by the RFU, as per normal procedure.”