The 14,000 crowd present at the Twickenham Stoop Stadium witnessed an engaging contest between Harlequins and Wasps, which ultimately turned out to be one of the most heated encounters in recent history among the two sides.
The Quins reigned supreme over the Waspies in the end with the scoreline 33-28 on Saturday, amidst all the drama that unfolded inside the south-west London arena.
One particular incident has grabbed the limelight since the contest concluded, however, that being the horrific tackle on Jamie Roberts by James Haskell, resulting in the latter receiving a red card for the offence.
The Wasps’ flanker floored the Welsh ace in the 76th minute of the match by smashing Roberts in the head, with the referee Romain Poite having a clear view of the move.
The French official had no other choice than to dismiss Haskell for the remainder of the match, and by seeing the red card, he could be set for a lengthy period on the sidelines.
It is believed the 32-year-old could face a six-week ban for the attacking manoeuvre, meaning he would miss England’s Six Nations clash against Italy, Wales, and Scotland.
During the turn of events, Haskell immediately realised his mistake and went ahead to assist his rival, but could not alter the consequence of his action.
Later, the English forward took to social media, publicly apologising to Roberts as well as the Wasps faithful, stating he meant no malice in regard to the tackle that was made.
Haskell posted on Twitter: “Whats done is done, but just want to publicly apologise to @Jamiehuwroberts.
“Never my intention to hurt another player. Got my height wrong, paid the price, which happens. You know me, never one to do anything subtly. Credit to @Harlequins and apologies to @WaspsRugby fans”
The Harlequin winger accepted the apology, and tweeted: “Thanks for the messages guys. Head's ok. Enjoyed that win with this resilient group of @Harlequins lads.
“Hope your shoulder is ok after colliding with this jaw @jameshaskell - Good man for apologizing.... just bend those arthritic knees next time pal ;)”
England boss Eddie Jones will announce his Six Nations squad on Thursday, but may include Haskell against Scotland if he pleads guilty and receives a reduced rap.
Wasps’ head coach Dai Young said: “I'm not giving you an Arsene Wenger on this - I haven't had time to really look at it.
“If it is a shoulder to the face or head he is going to get banned, it's as simple as that. There was certainly no intent - he was just trying to get off the line to shut that pass down. He may get a couple of weeks, but hopefully not too long.”
Elliot Daly also defended his teammate by further adding: “In the Haskell incident he just wanted to get the line speed.
You can watch the incident below.
“He is one of the most experienced players in the changing room and there was no malice in it and he's not that kind of character.”
Aiming for a sensational comeback on the back of being named for a training squad earlier this month, the recent development is certain to hinder Haskell's progress in the Six Nations in the months ahead.
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