Owen Farrell red card cost Saracens dear against resurgent Wasps

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  • Saracens 18-28 Wasps
  • England captain sent off for high tackle on Charlie Atkinson

Owen Farrell has always trod a fine line with his tackling technique; now it threatens what is left of Saracens’ season. A red card on the hour for a high tackle on Charlie Atkinson, Wasps’ replacement fly-half, means the England captain will almost certainly miss Saracens’ date in Dublin in a fortnight.

Their European quarter-final against Leinster has long been their sole focus in this, the season the European champions were relegated from the Premiership for abuse of the salary cap. Such offences do not apply to European competition, but red cards do. Farrell’s tackle technique, sometimes low on the use of arms, has caught up with him.

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Written by Michael Aylwin
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/sep/05/saracens-wasps-premiership-rugby-union-match-report under the title “Owen Farrell red card cost Saracens dear against resurgent Wasps”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.