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Griffiths is a 'walking liability' RUGBY UNION.

COVENTRY lock John Griffiths is one caution away from a two-month RFU suspension after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season in Saturday's 24-18 defeat at Wakefield.

Penalised earlier in the game for the same offence, the second row forward - who served an automatic one-match ban earlier this month following his third yellow card - was sin binned after 24 minutes for diving into a ruck.

Griffiths stayed off the field as Coventry opted to bring on Julian Horrobin after the ten-minute penalty - throwing the New Zealander's future at Coundon Road into some doubt.

"It was so early in the game that I could see him getting sent off and leaving us to play with 14 men," said Coventry chairman Keith Fairbrother.

"John is a walking liability.

"You learn in business that some people always court disaster. and he clearly does on the rugby field.

"The coaches have told him and the management board have told him, six yellow cards and it is two months out, and look what happens.

"It didn't cost us the game as such, and John is a very good player and we don't want to curb his natural aggression, but he can't carry on like this."

Coventry conceded a try just before half-time to trail 21-6 and fell short despite a strong finish - a try two minutes from time by Martyn Davies earning a bonus point to keep them above Manchester and Waterloo at the foot of the National Division One table.

"The players are not doing themselves justice," added Fairbrother.

"I thought with all the injuries Wakefield have we could win up here and get a nice roll going up to Christmas, but we gave the ball away too often and handed them 21 points in the first half."

COVENTRY's home game against Waterloo on Saturday will kick-off early at 1pm.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 27, 2000
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