Bath's Michael Claassens and Dan Hipkiss cleared by RFU panel

Bath's Michael Claassens and Dan Hipkiss have both been cleared by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing after being cited following their Premiership game at London Irish.

Centre Hipkiss was charged with an alleged tip tackle on back row Jamie Gibson during Irish's 29-22 win.

Scrum-half Claassens was cited for kicking lock Matthew Garvey.

The panel dismissed the citings, stating the cases for both alleged offences were "not made out".

His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett, who was sitting on the disciplinary panel, said: "On review of the DVD the panel determined that Dan Hipkiss did not drop or drive Jamie Gibson's head and/or upper body in to the ground. Dan Hipkiss tackled Jamie Gibson such that he landed on his back."

"The panel determined that the contact between Michael Claassens and Matt Garvey was a clumsy collision. Michael Claassens' movements were defensive and he made contact with knee and arms. He did not kick Matt Garvey."