Saracens duo Brad Barritt and Richard Barrington faced the wrath of the RFU yesterday evening after their nasty collision with Exeter man Geoff Parling. The collision which concussed Parling earned Barrington the red card, but they later faced citing orders from the citing commissioner.
Barritt was given a three week ban after admitting to making a dangerous tackle and Barrington had his red card revoked, which sees him return for their next game against Scarlets in the Champions Cup on Sunday whilst Barritt will watch from the stands.
Saracens are sure to miss Barritt down to him being a rock at centre, having played 138 games for Saracens since he joined them back in 2008. Although, he should’ve expected nothing less after the new ruling which came in to tackle the problem of concussions within the game.
Barritt took full responsibility for the tackle over Twitter in a message to Parling and all Rugby fans stating that; “No one likes seeing a fellow player get injured…”. This message shows the problem which Jonathan Davies brought to light, being that referees are taking the new ruling too literal seeing that Barritt also stated that “no malice was intended” yet he faces a rather hefty ban. Davies believes referees need to “adapt a common sense approach” to he new ruling otherwise we will see games changing down to more players seeing a red.
Hopefully this weekend we will see less cards after Barritt was made an example of, but does this depend on the way the games are officiated?