Saracens stars Brad Barritt and Richard Barrington have been cited for their horror tackle at the weekend which left Geoff Parling unconscious.

The pair who (as Barritt stated) made the tackle with ‘no malice intended’, collided simultaneously with the Exeter man in an unsavoury sight, and they may face some serious consequences down to the new laws which were put in place at the start of the new year. This situation could change the way players view such tackles if the pair are made an example of to deter others, and nip high tackles in the bud.

There is no doubt the RFU will deal with the situation appropriately, with Barrington expected to receive a more serious punishment down to him being red carded, and Barritt only being let off with a warning in the game; much to the relief of Saracens.

Will we see a fall in the amount of high tackles put in if the pair are used as a scapegoat?