Thursday 18 January 2018

Scarlets wing Steff Evans cleared to play in PRO12 final after red card against Leinster

19 May 2017; Garry Ringrose of Leinster is tackled by Steff Evans of Scarlets during the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final match between Leinster and Scarlets at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
19 May 2017; Garry Ringrose of Leinster is tackled by Steff Evans of Scarlets during the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final match between Leinster and Scarlets at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Scarlets have been handed a huge boost ahead of the PRO12 final after Steff Evans was cleared to play following his red card against Leinster.

The Welsh outfit stunned Leo Cullen's men at the RDS last Friday night in the semi-final, despite playing the second half with 14 men after Evans was sent off following a tip tackle on Garry Ringrose.

The PRO12 disciplinary panel decided to rescind the red card today, ruling that 'the player undertook a lawful tackle in a manner that was consistent with the laws of the game'.

They added that the 'tackle only became dangerous after the intervention' of tighthead prop Samson Lee, who assisted Evans in making the tackle on Ringrose.

The panel, consisting of Roddy Dunlop QC (Chair), Roddy MacLeod and Iain Leslie (all Scotland), referred to the decision of Ross Ford and Jonny Gray from the 2015 World Cup as precedent.

The PRO12 final takes place between Munster and the Scarlets this Saturday at 6.15pm at the Aviva Stadium.

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