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Saracens scrum-half Aled Davies cited following dangerous tackle on Julian Montoya

Saracens’ scrum half Aled Davies quoted after dangerous tackle on Julian Montoya in the final of Premiership defeat to Leicester…with many believing his challenge was worthy of a red card rather than 10 minutes in the sin box

  • Aled Davies was shown yellow card in 15-12 defeat to Leicester
  • The scrum half’s shoulder made contact with Julian Montoya’s head
  • Many believed Davies’ tackle was worthy of a red card rather than a yellow

Saracen’s scrum half Aled Davies has been cited for a dangerous tackle in his team’s Premiership final against Leicester, raising further questions about rugby’s inconsistency with the law.

Davies’ shoulder made contact with Tigers whore Julian Montoya’s head in the first half at Twickenham. Referee Wayne Barnes showed a yellow card after consulting his TMO.

The incident sparked a flurry of discussion with many who believed Davies’ tackle was worthy of a red card and an immediate ban rather than 10 minutes in the sin box.

Aled Davies has been quoted for dangerous challenge on Leicester's Julian Montoya

Aled Davies has been quoted for dangerous challenge on Leicester’s Julian Montoya

On Wednesday and after watching the Twickenham final, the match’s citing officer Chris Catling confirmed that the Davies incident crossed the red card threshold.

The Rugby Football Union said in a statement: “The case of Saracen player Aled Davies will be heard by an independent disciplinary committee. The date for the hearing is to be confirmed.

Davies was charged with dangerous tackling in violation of World Rugby Law 9.13, or alternative Law 9.11, for making direct head contact with his shoulder during the Premiership final against Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Davies has accepted the charges.”

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

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

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 over the weekend

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 over the weekend

Saracens were defeated by Leicester 15-12 in the Premiership final with replacement Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns scoring a dramatic last-sobs match-winning drop goal.

Davies’ card was precious to Mark McCall’s men, as Leicester scored 12 of their 15 runs – with tries by Hanro Liebenberg and Jasper Wiese – which came while he was off the field.

Leicester’s title-winning center Matias Moroni has signed for Newcastle after confirming his departure from the Tigers in the wake of the Twickenham final.

Leicester's Matias Moroni has signed for Newcastle in the aftermath of the final

Leicester’s Matias Moroni has signed for Newcastle in the aftermath of the final

Argentina international Moroni revealed that he did not want to leave Steve Borthwick’s Leicester but that he had no choice but to do so.

“I have enjoyed playing in the Premiership at Leicester and it is a competition that I think suits my game,” said Moroni.

“I am grateful to everyone at Tigers and will only take fond memories of my time there. Now I look forward to this new challenge with the Falcons.”

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