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'We were shocked because clearly I see that as a red card': Bristol boss Pat Lam left frustrated after Worcester's Melani Nanai avoids punishment for high strike on Semi Radrada Pat Lam has criticised the citing process after Melani Nanai struck Semi Radrada Nanai hit Radrada in the face during Bristol's 36-13 win over Worcester on Friday Nanai avoided punishment on the field and was not cited over the incident  Siale Piutau was cited for punching; an act of 'self-defence' according to Lam 

By Will Kelleher For Mailonline

Published: 22:00 BST, 7 September 2020 | Updated: 22:08 BST, 7 September 2020

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Pat Lam is annoyed that Worcester's Melani Nanai got away with a high shot on his superstar Semi Radradra - criticising the citing process.

The Bristol boss saw his Fijian centre hit in the face by Nanai - playing his first match back since a three-match ban last Friday - and was sure it should have been looked at.

'I was extremely surprised it wasn't dealt with at the time and extremely surprised that Tony Diprose, the citing commissioner deemed it not to be a citing offence,' said Lam who on Monday night lost Siale Piutau for three matches after he was cited for punching last Friday.

Bristol Bears coach Pat Lam has criticised the citing process after the win over Worcester

Bristol Bears coach Pat Lam has criticised the citing process after the win over Worcester 

'We were shocked at that because clearly I see that as a red card. The way the process is that the citing commissioner has the final say.

'If he feels that Siale Piutau defending himself as two guys come in at him is a red card and self-defence and yet feels that the Semi Radradra one with a swinging arm with full contact to the face is not then the one thing about the process is that we can't do anything about it.

'Tony Diprose has the only say on it. I didn't speak to him about it. We have to move on and let it go.

'Without a doubt, if that was the World Cup, everyone would have seen it. We just have to live with it and we can't do anything about it.' Bristol are still keen to welcome back

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