Northampton ponder hartley ban appeal
Northampton are waiting until they receive the full written judgement on Dylan Hartley's sending-off from the Aviva Premiership final on Saturday before deciding whether to appeal the 11-week ban that rules him out of the Lions.
Hartley was red-carded just before half-time in Leicester's 37-17 victory and banned after being found guilty of calling referee Wayne Barnes a "f***ing cheat". The Saints captain had claimed after the game that his comments were aimed at Leicester hooker Tom Youngs and he pleaded not guilty.
In an incident-packed final, Northampton assistant coach Dorian West accused Leicester boss Richard Cockerill of "intimidating" match officials.
The game ultimately went the Tigers' way as former Blackrock pupil Niall Morris bagged one of their four tries, but Northampton, despite being down to 14 men for half the contest, kept coming back at them.
Leicester – who left the retiring Geordan Murphy out of their match-day squad – deservedly lifted their first Premiership title since 2010 in front of an 81,000 crowd, but it will be overshadowed by Hartley's red card and the fallout.
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