Bateman escapes punishment for ‘careless high tackle’

Great Britain forward has been cleared to play in Saturday’s final Test against Papua New Guinea, after escaping punishment for a tackle on New Zealand winger Ken Maumalo.

Bateman pleaded guilty to a careless high tackle, with the Match Review Panel ruling that the incident was a Grade One offence.

The 26-year-old was given 50 demerit points, which could lead to future international suspensions, but has not been suspended or fined.

The Lions are yet to win a game on their Tour, losing twice to New Zealand and once to Tonga so far.