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Should Ashley Johnson Have Been Red Carded For This High Hit?

Wasps secured a narrow, hard-fought win over the Exeter Chiefs at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday to close the gap on the Premiership champions to just four points as the race for the playoff positions in the Aviva Premiership hots up. 

Saracens’ win on Friday night means that Mark McCall’s side are now Premiership leaders in what is becoming a very intriguing battle for top spot in the league.

Dai Young’s team have now recorded back-to-back Premiership victories for the first time since December and although the win against the Chiefs will do their confidence the world of good as they prepare to take on Gloucester at Kingsholm next weekend, they could be without some of their key men due to injuries picked up by Marcus Watson, Danny Cipriani, Alex Rieder and Jack Willis.

Ashley Johnson may count himself lucky that he will be available for their trip to Gloucester as he picked up a yellow card for a very high swinging arm on Exeter’s Don Armand. The referee, JP Doyle, decided that due to the fact that Armand was falling to the ground as Johnson came in, this counted as a mitigating factor, so a yellow card was issued rather than a red.

Many believe that it should have been a red card regardless.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter