Claassens angers Caveman

Sébastien Chabal has accused Michael Claassens of deliberately kicking him in the face during Sale’s Premiership loss to Bath.

The Frenchmen, who was sent to the sin-bin for swinging a punch at Claassens in the first half of the game, insists he was provoked by the former Bok scrumhalf at a ruck near the Sale line. A furious Chabal left the field with a red mark clearly visibly on his cheekbone.

“I can accept people pulling my hair, but I cannot accept a kick in the face,” said Chabal. “I could have been badly injured. He did not kick me strongly, but he did it. I hope he will be banned for a few months. Because it is really, really bad. We will cite him, because it is not normal.

“He kicked me on the face and for that I jumped on his back, but I didn’t touch him at all. It is not acceptable. I did not punch him. I don’t know why I was sin-binned. I didn’t punch him. Maybe it was for aggression or something.”

To add to Chabal’s frustration, Bath went on to win the game 24-20 to move into second place on the Premiership log. London Irish are top after thrashing Gloucester 42-12.