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  • "Ah stupid youth!!
    I have no problem with the aggression, but I do with the application of same. Its what the NGD have been looking for, but not at that stage of the proceedings and not in that fashion. A little more "dark art" polishing required methinks.
    However at least he was not intimidated by the opposition nor lacking strength, so even though he probably cost us the BPoint, it may be worth it if the lesson is taken on board."
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Dragons prop Francisco Chaparro banned for 10 weeks

Dragons prop Francisco Chaparro banned for 10 weeks

Dragons prop Francisco Chaparro banned for 10 weeks

Dragons prop Francisco Chaparro banned for 10 weeks

First published in Sport Free Press Series: Photograph of the Author by

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons will be without tighthead Francisco Chaparro until the final two matches of the season after the Argentinean prop was given a 10-week ban for a tip tackle.

The 24-year-old was sent off in the closing stages of the 31-19 defeat to Leinster in Dublin last Friday.

Chaparro was shown a red card in the final minute by Italian referee Marius Mitrea after dumping Ireland scrum-half Isaac Boss into the turf when clearing out a ruck.

It was a costly mistake that enabled Leinster to score a fourth try and deny the Dragons a losing point that their tenacious efforts merited.

Chaparro will have to wait to make it up to his teammates as the offence was deemed to be at the top end of the International Rugby Board’s scale and the disciplinary committee banned him until April 27.

He will now be missing until the final two rounds of the RaboDirect Pro12 when the Dragons travel to the Scarlets and finish against Treviso at home.

Chaparro has played 18 times this season since his summer arrival at Rodney Parade from Stade Francais.

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