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Joe Marler's dangerous shoulder puts his Six Nations campaign in doubt

Joe Marler's dangerous shoulder puts his Six Nations campaign in doubt

Harlequins front rower Joe Marler will be in doubt for this year’s Six Nations campaign after he received a straight red card in Saturday night’s Aviva Premiership clash with Sale Sharks, which the latter edged 30-29 after a late referee decision. 

Harlequins were 22-17 up when the England prop dropped his shoulder into Sale Sharks flanker TJ Ioane, leading to referee Matt Carley dismissing him from the field. 

“That’s the part of the game we need to take out, where someone’s defenceless and you can knock them with your shoulder,” said Sale Sharks’ Steve Diamond. 

Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston backed his man though, saying he was on top form. 

“This is not an isolated punch, stamp or kick, it’s a clearout that’s not legal and he’s taken somebody out without (using) his arm. It’s a physical game, an awful lot of people do that. He will be unbelievably disappointed and upset about the whole thing.

“Joe was having an unbelievable game as well, that’s the other thing to remark on. His form last week and today had been absolutely outstanding. It’s something that will be dealt with as required, but it clearly had an impact on the game.”

A try by Jamie Roberts kept them in the game but South African’s Faf de Klerk and Rohan Janse van Rensburg put Sale ahead. 

Roberts crossed again late in the match, but referee Carley ruled that Chris Robshaw was out in touch just seconds before – a decision that could have gone either way – so Sale hung on.

Marler will face a disciplinary hearing this coming week. 

Red card incident:

Match highlights:

credit: BT Sport/Premiership Rugby 
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  • rugbydump
    3:13 PM 10/01/2018

    Yeah, Ioane elbowed him in the head and has also been banned. Post going up on the homepage shortly

  • drg
    2:08 PM 10/01/2018

    Read something in the article about Markers ban (as a result of this) in that Ioane has also received a ban for a forearm strike on Market earlier in the match... I don't know if that's something anyone picked up? I wonder if Marker knew about it and that was in some ways what this was all about? Retaliation? Or perhaps reading intoit a little too much..

  • ruckinmaul
    3:24 PM 09/01/2018

    Agree with you. if the Sale's player get up on his feet earlier, and let Marler clean him uncontested, it will be fine. I blame the Sale's player unavailability the give Marler a clean clear out and intentionally direct his head to Marler's shoulder. Red card to the Sale's player!

  • moo
    9:47 AM 08/01/2018

    If he's not intelligent enough not to do something like this, then he's not intelligent enough to be playing international rugby. What a plank.

  • drg
    10:37 PM 07/01/2018

    Almost looked like he just hit the guys back.. obviously he hit the head, but I'd say that it perhaps looked like he tried to hit the sale players back to knock him out the way and the guys head (which is normally located on his neck) got in the way... Stupid, deserved a red, but I'm not 100% convinced his point was to hit the Sale players head/neck..

  • the_osprey
    9:11 PM 07/01/2018

    Amazes me that players are still doing stupid stuff like this in the age of the TMO


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