Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Tuesday Mar 9, 2021

Referee overrules TMO to Red Card player who is off the field for HIA and stitches

Referee overrules TMO to Red Card player who is off the field for HIA and stitches

Gloucester flyer Ollie Thorley received one of the more bizarre sending-offs we’ve seen after a dangerous challenge he made against Wasps this past weekend. He faces a disciplinary hearing today. 

ADVERTISEMENT

In an eventful contest that included one of the greatest prop assists for a try ever seen, Thorley was just another talking point after he flew into a tackle upright.

The England-capped speedster chased a Willie Heinz high ball but unfortunately went into the challenge on Rob Miller very upright, resulting in a clash of heads/faces.

WATCH: Ollie Thorley turns on the afterburners for one of the best tries you will see this year

Thorley received immediate medical attention and had to go off for an HIA with blood gushing from his face, and was replaced by Charlie Sharples.

Referee Matthew Carley had his attention drawn to the incident and despite the best efforts of TMO Graham Hughes to dissuade him from taking a stringent view on the challenge, Carley broke it down.

“He is upright. He doesn’t bend at all, and he is going forward into the tackle. With the black player, there is no significant dip there. So I think we’ve definitely got fault by the white player. He could bend at the waist and he could tackle lower,” said the referee to his TMO.

Hughes responded: “But I’m not seeing that as foul play. He goes to grasp him.. and he then comes off worse, so…”

ADVERTISEMENT

Carley overruled him, again citing the facts of the incident, and eventually got Hughes to agree with him (albeit reluctantly).

“He’s always high. He’s got clear line of sight to run into the tackle, and he makes direct head contact with the Wasps player… No attempt to dip. I don’t think there’s any way we can mitigate that. So it’s got to be a red card,” Carley said.

The red card was shown, and with Thorley already off the field, his replacement Sharples then had to return to the bench.

Thorley will today (Tues 9.3) face an independent disciplinary hearing for a dangerous tackle, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13.

ADVERTISEMENT

You can see the incident in full in the highlights below.

Related Articles

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    The time Brian O'Driscoll pushed aside physios...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Toulouse flanker gets away with bizarre...

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Five seconds of pure head loss leads...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 10 HOURS AGO

    Wallabies legend Ashley-Cooper shows class in MLR with cheeky shoulder pass

  • 13 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Hogg collects his own 60-metre spiral kick to score amazing solo try

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: The VERY BEST tries ever scored at Murrayfield in one awesome video

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Beauden Barrett scores 25 points in 20 minutes for Suntory in Japan Top League

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: The Victor Vito offload fans have been raving about in Champions Cup quarter-final

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Aaron Smith's captain's referral turned down after swinging arm collision

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: 19-year-old is barely a speed bump for fearsome Fijian number eight

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Powerhouse Tongan Thor leaves opposition on his arse with HUGE handoff

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Amazing highlights reel demonstrates why Tadhg Furlong MUST go on the British & Irish Lions tour this Summer

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    The most iconic pieces of rugby commentary in brilliant 7-minute montage

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    'It's part of our culture' says Haka performing South African university team

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Petrus du Plessis video of son's dominant scrum shows signs of potential future star

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Over $450 million loss for South Africa's economy if the Lions tour happens without fans

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

View All

Funnies

  • 9 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Comedy gold as close range 'falcon' gifts Brumbies try in Super Rugby AU match

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Lions coaching staff announcement elicits some amused responses from fans

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Comedy gold as Toronto lock attempts clearance kick in MLR match featuring Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bizarre standoff in Super Rugby tests players on their rulebook knowledge

View All

Amateur

  • 24 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 13 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
Referee overrules TMO to Red Card player who is off the field for HIA and stitches | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos