Following an appeal on Monday afternoon, it has been announced this morning that Gloucester Rugby number eight Gareth Delve has had his ban for striking reduced from three weeks to two.
Delve originally received a three week ban for striking London Irish's George Stowers during the Guinness Premiership match at the Madejski Stadium on September 13th, 2009.
However, after appeal, the ban has been reduced from three weeks to two. Delve sat out the defeat at Saracens on Sunday so will miss Sunday's Guinness Premiership fixture at Leeds Carnegie but be available for the Heineken Cup opener at home to Newport Gwent Dragons a week on Friday.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.