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Saracens scrum-half Aled Davies banned for three weeks over dangerous tackle on Julian Motoya

Saracen’s scrum half Aled Davies is given a three-week suspension after his dangerous tackle on Leicester’s Julian Motoya in the Premiership final

  • Aled Davies only got yellow during the Premiership final at the time
  • Scrum half will be retroactively suspended for three weeks next season
  • Many were baffled at the time at how Wayne Barnes hadn’t sent him away
  • Ban can be reduced to two weeks if the player undertakes World Rugby’s coaching intervention program

Saracens scrum half Aled Davies has been banned for three weeks for his dangerous tackle on Leicester hooker Julian Montoya in the Gallagher Premiership final.

Davies hit Montoya high when his team was defeated 15-12 in a thrilling Twickenham clash. At the time, he was only shown a yellow card by referee Wayne Barnes.

Barnes found that Davies had made direct contact with Montoya’s head, but believed there were extenuating factors that caused him to do so and so sent him to the sin bin.

Aled Davies banned for three weeks for his dangerous high tackle in the final

Aled Davies banned for three weeks for his dangerous high tackle in the final

Davies’ tackle caused a storm on social media, with many feeling he should have been ejected.

The final’s citing officer and the RFU agreed on the disciplinary action, so Davies will now be serving a three-game suspension. Davies accepted the charges.

An RFU statement read: ‘The case of Saracen player Aled Davies was heard on paper by lone bailiff Matthew O’Grady.

Davies was charged with dangerous tackling in violation of World Rugby Law 9.13 for making direct head contact with his shoulder during the Premiership final against Leicester Tigers. Davies accepted the charges.

Davies was shown a yellow card, although many thought he should have been shown a red card at the time

Davies was shown a yellow card, although many thought he should have been shown a red card at the time

Davies was given a three-week suspension which would be reduced to two weeks if the player chooses to participate in World Rugby’s coaching intervention programme.

“The matches the player will miss will be updated once the match schedules for next season are confirmed.”

The fact that Davies has been banned retroactively and that his tackle has been found worthy of a red suit even though he was shown yellow at the time will only fuel the debate over rugby’s inconsistency in making high tackle decisions.

Davies' shoulder bandaged Montoya (pictured) in the head, although the latter was able to celebrate as Leicester defeated Saracens 15-12 in the Premiership final

Davies’ shoulder bandaged Montoya (pictured) in the head, although the latter was able to celebrate as Leicester defeated Saracens 15-12 in the Premiership final

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