Brian O’Driscoll has come to the aid of his compatriot in the burgeoning dispute over treatment from match officials.
Sunday saw Ross Moriarty claim that Ireland’s Johnny Sexton gets special treatment from referees as a result of his status.
Moriarty received a yellow card in the Dragons’ game against Leinster for an off-the-ball challenge on Sexton, and had this controversial comment to make on the decision:
“Some may say it was harsh [the yellow card], some may say it was fair, but if Johnny did that against me in that game I know for a fact he would not have had anything happen to him.”
O’Driscoll dismissed the notion out of hand in speaking to BBC NI, even getting a dig in at Wales boss Warren Gatland.
“I don’t know. Ross Moriarty is obviously taking a leaf out of his coach’s book and and throwing a hand grenade in there,” the former standout centre stated.
“I don’t know if he has been looking at some of the footage of Six Nations over the last couple of years.
“He [Sexton] got a little bit of treatment in the England game two years ago. I [also] remember a [Yoann] Maestri hit that went unpunished. But I don’t think players pay that much attention to what is said. It’s about what you do on the park rather than what you say you are going to do.”
Leinster won the September tie by 52 points to 10.