Matawalu cited for bite on Munster’s O’Callaghan

Niko Matawalu: cited for foul play. Picture: SNS
Niko Matawalu: cited for foul play. Picture: SNS
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GLASGOW’S Niko Matawalu was last night cited for foul play and ordered to appear before a disciplinary committee after being accused of biting Munster’s Donncha O’Callaghan in Friday’s stormy 13-6 defeat at Scotstoun.

Matawalu, on as a replacement scrum-half, has been “cited for foul play contrary to law 10.4 (m) – act contrary to good sportmanship (biting)” and will be dealt with by a Rabodirect Pro12 disciplinary committee at a date yet to be confirmed.

Munster scrum-half Conor Murray was also cited for “foul play contrary to law 10.4 (a) – striking with the elbow” against Matawalu.

Glasgow accused Munster after the game of “dangerous foul play” and there is believed to have been an altercation between Matawalu and O’Callaghan in the tunnel after the match. The Fijian played the last 20 minutes after replacing Chris Cusiter.

Prior to last night’s citings, a Glasgow spokesman said: “We believe a dangerous act of foul play was committed by a Munster player against Niko Matawalu at Scotstoun. We have formally written to the citing commissioner to draw his attention to this. The matter is now with the citing commissioner and Celtic Rugby to review as part of their disciplinary process.”

Meanwhile, it was reported yesterday that Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips has been sacked by his club Bayonne. Phillips faced an internal disciplinary hearing last Tuesday after it was alleged that he attended a video analysis session while drunk. The French club’s board decided on Saturday to terminate his contract and official confirmation is expected today.

Phillips was accused of being intoxicated when the squad met on 11 October, the morning after Grenoble had been defeated 37-6 in the Amlin Challenge Cup. Phillips sat out Friday’s 24-19 victory over Montpellier. The day before the game, Phillips used his Twitter account to apologise to Bayonne supporters “for this situation”.