Mike Brown’s Harlequins career ends on a sour note as ‘stripped’ former England fullback is sent off for pounding Wasp whore Tommy Taylor’s face in a thrilling win
- Mike Brown was sent off in the 44th minute for a stamp on Tommy Taylor
- He could be suspended for 12 weeks, which would make him miss the rest of the season
- Brown will move to Newcastle next season after a 15-year career with Harlequins
- Marcus Smith played the lead while Harlequins defeated Wasps 48-46 in a high-grossing thriller
Mike Brown faces a sad end to his Harlequins career after being sent for a stamp in a wacky 94-point thriller against Wasps that the magnificent Marcus Smith dramatically won on death.
Smith, 22, was the star again with 28 points, including the winning attempt and conversion when the time was up, while Quins cemented their place in the top four of the Premiership.
That last score was only the third time Harlequins had led the entire game, having dropped to 14 in red after Brown’s second half, playing more than half the game without their fullback.
Mike Brown was sent off in the 44th minute for his stamp on Wasp whore Tommy Taylor
The former England man, 35, was detained by Tommy Taylor and stamped in the whore’s face – called ‘very reckless’ by officials – and is now staring at a ban that could end his 15-year stay with Quins.
Heading to Newcastle in the summer Brown, who was previously booked for a deliberate knock-on, could face a 12-week suspension if considered a top foul, which, even if cut in half, will keep him going for the rest of would miss the season.
“In those situations where you’re being held, it can look a lot worse than it was,” said Quins coach Adam Jones.
‘Of course it would be sad if that is the end. He’s gutted. I am sure the club is doing everything it can to defend him as best it can. Hopefully common sense prevails. ‘
Wasp whore Tommy Taylor had to get bandages from Mike Brown for a stamp
Without Brown, Quins had an incredible victory. Smith took two of their six tries in a stunning show, also kicking every conversion – including once on a post – with a penalty and three assists for Joe Marchant, James Lang and Alex Dombrandt. Danny Care was the other try scorer to bring his club total to 90.
Smith’s latest effort sent the largely empty Stoop to a glorious celebration, with the fly-half taking an inside step from the center of Marchant to dance in; English coach Eddie Jones had left before the end and missed the incredible finish.
“If he were Welsh, he would have 50 caps now,” scrum coach Jones said after Smith.
Alex Dombrandt finished well to score Harlequin’s fifth attempt of the game in the 60th minute
‘He is now an all-round player. He is a great goal kicker and his game management is excellent.
‘He must be on the tour of England. He must be the future. He was talked about with the Lions, so Warren Gatland has clearly seen something special in him too. ‘
Wasps were devastated. Their scrum half Dan Robson deserved to be on the winning side as he was sensational but one try from him, two from Josh Bassett and others from Paolo Odogwu, Malakai Fekitoa and Thomas Young were not enough – Jacob Umaga kicked 16 points but missed a vital conversion.
“You can’t come to The Stoop, score 46 points and lose,” said Wasps boss Lee Blackett.
Marcus Smith was in sensational form, scoring 28 points, including the winning try