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Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash

Owen Farrell yellow carded for knocking out Dan Robson with sickening clash
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Owen Farrell made this brutal looking tackle on Wasps’ Dan Robson during Saturday’s European Champions Cup Semi Final at the Madejski Stadium. Farrell clashed heads with a ducking Robson, gashing his own ear, but refere Romain Poite showed little sympathy.

Saracens reached their second final in three years with a 24-17 victory, with Farrell himself kicking four penalties and a conversion, while Robson scored an excellent early try for Wasps (highlights).

The two came to blows in the second half and while Farrell appeared to be holding his ear to his head as blood poured from it, Robson needed to be stretchered off after the sickening knock.

Poite, after consulting with his TMO, ruled that the tackle was illegal and carded Farrell.

“Dan Robson is OK thankfully after a nasty head knock,” said Wasps’ Dai Young.

“He is up and about, and will have to go through the protocol over the next couple of days, which determines when he is right to play next.

“The referee has a job to do and he has to do what he thinks is right, but we came out the wrong end of that one as we lost one of our star players for the game and Owen Farrell got ten minutes.

“So it’s a little disappointing, but it’s not the reason why we lost the game, and I want to steer away from that and won’t make an issue of it as it looks like sour grapes.”

– Match Highlights

While Robson was ducking down and in a fairly unnatural position, could the clash have been avoided or was Farrell already committed? Let us know what you think.

credit: iancameron

31 Comments

  • tintin
    8:04 AM 02/05/2016

    That is the point Oliver....

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  • tintin
    8:04 AM 02/05/2016

    That is the point Oliver....

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  • oliver
    9:41 AM 29/04/2016

    oh man, don't get me started....Marler and Farrell will both be conveniently available for their respective final....

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  • stroudos
    7:37 PM 28/04/2016

    TWO WEEKS BAN?!?!?!? Same punishment as Joe Marler got for kicking a bloke in the head!?!? Someone in charge needs to get a grip and speahead a complete overhaul of the judiciary process and levels of sanction.

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  • danknapp
    8:05 PM 27/04/2016

    Mate, his English is better than yours too.

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  • stroudos
    1:48 PM 26/04/2016

    Badger, Couple of things: "The game has become soft" - one bloke was knocked out and the other had blood pissing from his ear. That's a decent enough level of carnage for me. "I'm worried the refs rely too much on TMO for decisions" - completely agree, but in this case Romain Poite can be heard immediately after the tackle saying (to the touchies and TMO): "for me it's a yellow card". This was exactly the decision he ultimately made, so we can surmise that the TMO had no influence other than perhaps confirming Monsieur Poite's view.

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  • stroudos
    1:36 PM 26/04/2016

    Rugbyrob, Sorry to hear of your injury. Was your broken neck the result of a high tackle? Your big question is actually not that at all. In fact it's irrelevant. The law you states you must "attempt to grasp" the tackled player. Very difficult to grasp a player who's unexpectedly fallen below waist height.

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  • stroudos
    1:32 PM 26/04/2016

    The brilliant thing about Jeremy Hunt is just how many times his name has been publicly "mispronounced": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suOPz-rRSxg

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  • 10stonenumber10
    12:11 PM 26/04/2016

    I know a much stronger word that rhymes....

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  • katman
    7:28 AM 26/04/2016

    Yes, quite appropriately rhymes with runt.

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  • bigwol
    2:00 AM 26/04/2016

    I don't think the card was for a high tackle but rather reckless play which it was and IMO deserved a yellow. OF is a talented player but can be reckless in defence and it's one aspect of his game he needs to work on. His tackling isn't exactly Jonny Wilkinson level and he could easily end up injured himself the way he's going.

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  • danknapp
    9:55 PM 25/04/2016

    You know when everyone laughs at a joke and one person doesn't get it?

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  • tintin
    5:29 PM 25/04/2016

    Doesn't matter if Robson went down - Which made the whole thing more dangerous - but clearly yellow card because: Poite already warned Farewell for late/high tackle 5 mins earlier Shoulder tackle - Players have an unwavering duty of care to others...

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  • drg
    5:15 PM 25/04/2016

    To be fair all those assertions were probably going through Poites' head anyway... that's how he came to the conclusion of a yellow...

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  • drg
    5:13 PM 25/04/2016

    I do agree with you there Oliver (hooray!!), I think perhaps as above, silently commending might be a bit better... but I wouldn't hop up to Farrell and pat him on the back about it.. What I want to see more of, is players accepting situations and walking away, rather than appealing, or moaning, or shaking heads and grunting etc etc. As for your spelling, honestly your English is far better than my French! :)

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  • oliver
    4:44 PM 25/04/2016

    well the problem to me is that celebrating it implies it is not a given.... Anyways, I think we all agree here on that point (respect of the ref). At least I learned how to spell "commend"!

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  • misterdavid
    4:26 PM 25/04/2016

    Reading through the comments here, it appears that Farrell: - Was unlucky to be carded - But should be banned - Was committed to a regulation tackle when a mishap occurred - But was intentionally trying to cause injury, like he always does It is clear that since Roman Poite was unable to satisfy all these straightforward assertions with their appropriate response, he is letting us all down.

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  • eddie-g
    3:45 PM 25/04/2016

    I think Farrell's a little unlucky here. It is a nasty collision, but at full speed it was one of those untidy plays where both players' body positions are bad and the impact is unfortunate as a result. Farrell, imo, sees he has a good chance of making a big tackle behind the gain-line, and I can't really pinpoint a moment where he either should have pulled out of the tackle or gotten into a better position. I see though he has been cited, presumably because the suits are being asked to consider if this was a red card offence, but that would seem to be extremely harsh. It was a dangerous tackle, but neither intentional nor reckless, not by any standard that you can easily apply to rugby.

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  • drg
    3:07 PM 25/04/2016

    Erm, Silvere Tian? I agree perhaps it's odd commending something that should be a given, such as "Well done scrum half, you put the ball into the scrum straight".....yeah, seems odd... But I see what Dan is saying, we've had too many antics creeping into the game of late and I suppose someone walking off when they feel they've not done wrong is a show of respect towards the official - which should be somewhat commended... evenly silently...

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  • danknapp
    2:52 PM 25/04/2016

    Like the UK's illustrious health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

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  • danknapp
    2:51 PM 25/04/2016

    I agree Oliver, but what is wrong with a community vocalising approval for behaviour which we want to see more of? One of the great things about the rugby community has been our acceptance of some things (like Mr Owen's sexuality) with virtually no fuss because they don't matter in the least, and our rejection of other things (like Bryan Habana's olympic quality diving) because they matter to us a great deal. A community marks itself by the things it chooses to celebrate.

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  • heavyhooker
    11:43 AM 25/04/2016

    Farrell was committed but knowing Robson was going across his line to his left he had his head on the wrong side and was definitely leading with the shoulder. What bloody tackling technique are their teaching these "professionals"? Or are they now teaching shoulder hits with a legal arm wrap? That was a lousy tackle and deserved the yellow.

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  • benny
    10:23 AM 25/04/2016

    Considering his Dad's a defence coach, he has no idea how to tackle. He was probably a bit unfortunate on that tackle but if he hadn't done the earlier one, Poite would have let him off. He's lucky he's not a bigger man. I've seen him get away with shoulder charges a number of times but because he had no impact, the ref ignored it. Best part of the game was his face when he was carded

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  • clearly
    10:20 AM 25/04/2016

    It's clearly a yellow card. If it was intentional then it would have been a red. It was a fairly reckless hit that went wrong. Arguably worse than the one that McFadden got 3 weeks for as against an opponent who was also already dipping down he at least made the initial hit on the chest whereas Farrell misses his chest completely. If there were consistency in punishments Farrell would also be seeing a ban. I don't think that he will though not least because a ban wasn't really appropriate in McFadden's case IMO.

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  • katman
    9:59 AM 25/04/2016

    Most people look at the spelling of that surname and have no idea it rhymes with twat. But once you know, it's the easiest thing in the world to remember. :)

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  • oliver
    9:50 AM 25/04/2016

    what do you mean fair play? He has to accept the ref's decision, there's no choice there at all. Call me old-fashioned but commanding a player for accepting the ref's decision is a bit much for me.

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  • 10stonenumber10
    9:31 AM 25/04/2016

    "....What did Romain Poite ever do for us?"

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  • katman
    7:52 AM 25/04/2016

    The yellow card here is debatable, particularly since Poite had ruled the opposite earlier in the game, saying that the player had gone down before impact. Seen in isolation, this one could probably have deserved a card. What isn't debatable is that Romain Poite is a very poor referee and should not be getting games of this magnitude. There is no consistency in anything he does, and every ruck, scrum and tackle ends up a complete lottery. At one stage he was trying so hard to keep Wasps in the game. But despite Poite, this was still a very entertaining game.

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  • drg
    10:57 PM 24/04/2016

    Yellow card is probably about right if we take into account that players have an unwavering duty of care to others... Looked painful though!

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  • danknapp
    10:26 PM 24/04/2016

    I feel sorry for Farrell, Robson was dropping to try to regather a dropped ball and did so late - Farrell was already committed to what wouldn't have been a particularly high tackle. I don't see that he can have too many complaints, thankfully he wasn't given a red for this.

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  • 10stonenumber10
    9:56 PM 24/04/2016

    6 of 1, half a dozen of the other. Farrell committed just as Robson started falling. Very unfortunate contact, but not exactly premeditated, it was a very low tackle relative to a standard issue bosh, but Robson was lower Fair play to Faz at the end for accepting the decision, in reality I suppose the yellow card was ineffectual, it would take about 10 minutes to give the knock test and sellotape his head back together, maybe less if they borrowed the receptionist's stapler. Rugby: Treating flesh wounds with office stationary, since 1823.

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