Saracens star Owen Farrell sent off for vicious high tackle on 18-year-old Charlie Atkinson – which could rule him out of Champions Cup clash with Leinster
Owen Farrell could miss the rest of the season after he was sent off for Saracens as Wasps recorded a famous 28-18 victory at Allianz Park.
The scores were level on the hour mark when the England fly-half was dismissed for a horrible late and high hit on Charlie Atkinson.
Atkinson, an 18-year-old academy back, on the occasion of his second Premiership start, was grounded for a lengthy period before being helped from the field of play.
Farrell made an immediate admission to referee Christophe Ridley who wasted little time in giving him his marching orders that could rule him out of the Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster later this month.
Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio was commentating on the game for TV and believes we may not see the 28-year-old in the red and black of Sarries again this season.
“It’s a really bad one, I can’t defend that,” Dallaglio told BT Sports after the game.
“We know Owen plays hard, he plays on the edge, but that is bad and he will get a lengthy ban.
“There are a lot of people on social media who will say ‘well, that’s karma’.
“We know it’s been a problem with Owen, in terms of his tackle height and he is going to really struggle here.
“He’s walloped him high and he knows he has completely mistimed that, I’m not quite sure exactly what he is aiming for there, but he has completely mistimed it and hooked him round the neck.
“That is bad news for Saracens with that Champions Cup quarter-final clash coming up in two weeks time. He is going to miss that and I suspect he will miss quite a lot of the rest of the season.”
It proved to be the game’s big turning point entering the final quarter as Tom Willis drove over for his first Premiership try and Jimmy Gopperth, on the occasion of his 100th club appearance, took his points haul to 23 as Wasps secured a seventh win in eight games under head coach Lee Blackett.
Gopperth kicked the conversion and added a seventh successful penalty to secure Wasps a fourth successive away Gallagher Premiership victory that puts them in the driving seat for a top-four finish.