Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman has been hit with a four-week stadium ban following his comments about Ian Davies’ refereeing in the Dragons' recent defeat to Cardiff Blues in October.
The Dragons found themselves on the wrong end of a 23-15 scoreline, which led to the 42-year-old Jackman publicly slating Davies.
Yesterday, the Welsh Rugby Union released the extent of Jackman’s punishment.
The WRU statement read: ‘"Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman has been found guilty of a breach of code of conduct in relation to comments regarding the refereeing of his side’s loss to Cardiff Blues on Saturday, October 6.
"Jackman has received a four-week stadium ban, effective immediately from Dragons matches, of which two weeks will be suspended until the end of the season and only imposed if there is any further breach."
The ban follows Jackman’s description of Davies’ decision-making in the game as “very strange” and “very poor”, before brutally concluding that “the only consistent thing with Ian (Davies) is his inconsistency.”
The comments clearly reflect Jackman’s frustrations, finding his side bottom of Conference B in the Pro14 League, with only two wins to their name, after leading them to their worst every competitive campaign in his debut season last term.
Due to two of the weeks of his ban being suspended, the former Ireland international Jackman will miss the visits of Edinburgh and Leinster to Rodney Park, a pair of fixtures that don’t seem to resemble much hope of a change in spirits around the club.
Edinburgh sit in fourth, while Leinster sit at the top of Conference B, and the Dragons will do well to pick up a win against either, especially with Jackman watching from home.
Following Jackman’s return, their Pro14 fixture list sees them line up against the Cardiff Blues before taking on the Ospreys, in what could be a crucial couple of Welsh derbies for both the Dragons and Jackman.