Scarlets wing Kristian Phillips banned for three weeks for tip tackle

Former Ospreys wing pleaded guilty after the incident during last week's West Wales derby

Scarlets wing Kristian Phillips has been banned for three games for a dangerous tackle on Ospreys full-back Dan Evans.

The incident happened early in the first half of the Scarlets’ 17-15 Guinness PRO12 defeat at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Italian referee Marius Mitrea gave the 24-year-old a yellow card for the ‘tip tackle’, but the player was subsequently cited and pleaded guilty to the offence at an independent PRO12 disciplinary hearing today in Dublin.

A statement from the committee read: “Following an acceptance of guilt by the player, the Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Pat Barriscale, along with George Spotswood and Tommy Dalton (all of Ireland), having heard representations made by and on behalf of the player, viewed the TV footage and reviewed all other evidence, upheld the citing complaint and found that the act warranted a lower-end entry point under World Rugby’s sanctions for this type of offence, carrying a four-week playing suspension.

“Taking into consideration the requirement for deterrence for this type of offending, the Committee added a week to the entry point.

“The Committee then considered the lack of other aggravating factors and the considerable mitigating factors — including the player’s exemplary disciplinary record — and applied a final sanction of three weeks.”

Phillips will miss the Scarlets’ next two PRO12 matches against the Ospreys and Glasgow Warriors, and their European Champions Cup clash at Leicester Tigers on 16 January, and will be able to play from Monday 19 January.

The Scarlets have also confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that hooker Emyr Phillips will undergo surgery in the New Year after dislocating his right shoulder against the Ospreys.

The Wales international is expected to be out for up to 12 weeks and will miss the Six Nations, which starts on 6 February when Wales take on England at the Millennium Stadium.

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