“I Think He’s Misguided There” – Sexton Refutes Moriarty Claims

Johnny Sexton and Ross Moriarty

Ross Moriarty caused a bit of a fuss last month when he claimed that Johnny Sexton gets special treatment from referees. 

The remarks, which Moriarty made on the BBC Wales Scrum V programme, were in relation to the yellow card he received for the Dragons in their clash with Leinster at the RDS earlier in the season.

Moriarty made contact with Sexton off the ball and after reviewing the incident, the referee issued a yellow card.

Moriarty said at the time:

“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.”

“Most players will have had something happen to them if they hit Johnny Sexton off the ball because obviously, he has a big pull in the game these days which is quite sad.”

However, Sexton was asked his opinion on those comments this week and non-surprisingly, he doesn’t share the same view as the Welsh international.

“He implied me and the refs have a great relationship? I think he’s misguided there.

“Look, I don’t know really. I was surprised because I think anyone who watched the game saw that what he did – shoulder charged – I wouldn’t have done that to another player.

“I wouldn’t shoulder charge someone in the back when they don’t have the ball. I don’t have to worry about it.” 

Sexton will not have to worry about any off the ball incidents this weekend after it was confirmed he will be sitting out Leinster’s clash with Benetton.


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