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Benjamin Kayser defends Dylan Hartley from further punishment after sin-bin

• Northampton and England captain was shown yellow card for high arm
• Clermont hooker: ‘We are just here to play hard and to keep on going’

Benjamin Kayser, Dylan Hartley’s opposite number at Clermont Auvergne on Saturday, believes punishing the hooker further would be bad for the game, after the Northampton and England captain was sent to the sin-bin for hitting an opponent in the face with a swinging arm.

Hartley will know on Monday evening whether he faces further disciplinary action following his act 29 minutes into the 24-7 defeat at Clermont when he crashed into a ruck off his feet and caught the home prop Rabah Slimani, who was later sent to the sin-bin for a shoulder charge at Hartley’s head, in the face with his right arm.

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