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Rugby Union: Scots chiefs claim punishment does not fit the Grimes.

Byline: By Roddy Duncan

SCOTLAND rugby chiefs were raging yesterday after Stuart Grimes was hit with a two-match ban. The SRU are set to appeal the penalty handed out after the lineout specialist admitted trampling on Aussie David Lyons near the end of Sunday's defeat in Melbourne.

If the International Rugby Board tribunal in Melbourne do not back down , Grimes will miss the second Test against the Wallabies in Sydney this weekend.

Scotland coach Matt Williams and the rest of the management team declined to comment but they are clearly unhappy.

They will decide today if an appeal will be lodged but a protest looks likely.

They believe the misdemeanour was at the lower end of the scale and feel Grimes should have been given more credit for not contesting the charge.

But IRB disciplinary panel chairman Chris Morris of New Zealand said: 'Taking into account the player's record over a long career and the acceptance of the breach, the committee felt a suspension of two matches was appropriate.'

Grimes was cited for clambering over Lyons, who was lying on the wrong sideof a ruck. Kiwi referee Paul Honiss called him over and said: 'You are not Edmund Hillary, stop climbing mountains.'

The Scots face the daunting prospect of both their frontline locks being absent for the return clash in Sydney.

Squad skipper Scott Murray is battling to recover from a hip knock which caused internal bleeding.

Meanwhile, Scotland's World Under-21 Championship campaign has been rocked by an injury blow to skipper David Callam.

The Hawick back-row man has been ruled out of today's clash with England at Netherdale after suffering rib damage in the hammering by South Africa on Friday.

Callam is replaced by Grant Strang of Aberdeen GSFP, one of eight changes in the line-up.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 15, 2004
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