Bowen citing comes as a surprise to Albion coach
Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan has admitted he is "surprised' that wing Tom Bowen has been called to appear in front of a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing tonight.
Bowen has joined Canadian lock Brett Beukeboom in being charged under Law 10.4.
Albion knew Beukeboom would have to appear in front of an RFU panel after he was sent off against London Scottish in last Friday's 22-20 Championship home defeat for a tip tackle.
Albion suspended the forward for four weeks pending the hearing – but the Brickfields club did not expect Bowen to be called to a hearing for a tackle during the same match.
Bowen was shown a yellow card in the first half for tackling a jumper in the air but the citing officer for Friday's game clearly felt his tackle needed further scrutiny.
"I am surprised," Shanahan said, "but each game has an independent citing officer.
"I would be greatly disappointed if he did get any kind of a ban, but obviously it is up to the hearing panel."
Shanahan has vowed to address his side's indiscipline, after Albion have picked up six yellow cards and one red card in four Championship matches.
Shanahan said: "People are probably going to have a go at us and rightly so as it is not good enough picking up six yellow cards and a red in the first four games. The players know that. It has been discussed and talked about, but it's very disappointing."
The hearing into both Albion players' tackles will take place in Bristol this evening, and the panel will comprise Daniel White, Nick Dark and David Smith.
Another Albion wing, Jamie Davies, is facing around four weeks on the sidelines after damaging his ankle on his debut for the club last Friday.
The former Cardiff back, who joined Albion in the summer, limped off after making a try-saving tackle in the second half against London Scottish at Brickfields.
Davies had missed the start of the season with a knee injury. "Jamie has suffered an ankle injury and his going to be out for a few weeks," Shanahan explained. "He made a try-saving tackle and unfortunately got injured.
"It is unfortunate for him as he had been waiting to get out there. He went pretty well on Friday. He is disappointed and frustrated, as are we as you want players playing."
Herbie Stupple, also playing his first game of the season, limped off as well last Friday with a sore ankle.
Plymouth are still waiting to see if he will be fit enough to play this Friday, when they entertain Nottingham in the British and Irish Cup.
Better news for Albion is that wing Lewis Warner and forward Harrison Tovey are fit again after injury and could return to action this weekend.
Cornish Pirates' Championship away game against London Welsh on Saturday, October 26, at Oxford's Kassam Stadium will now kick off at 6.30pm. The fixture had originally been scheduled to start at 2.30pm.