Exeter Chiefs relief at James Hanks citing dismissal

Exeter Chiefs assistant coach Ali Hepher says the club are relieved that a citing charge against forward James Hanks has been dismissed.

The 28-year-old was cited for allegedly making contact with the eye or eye area of Saracens' Steve Borthwick in Sunday's Premiership win.

"It was fantastic news," Hepher told BBC South West Sport.

"We know what James is like as a character and he's never going to be interested in that side of things."

Hepher continued: "But you do get worried, even though we knew it was accidental, it was quite scary, especially as for that sort of citing you get a long time out.

"We were fairly confident that nothing would come of it because there wasn't anything in it.

"It probably happens 20 or 30 times in a game, there's incidents like that, so we were pleased with the outcome, we've moved on, and it hasn't affected our planning too much."