A dramatic final five minutes saw Harlequins pip Wasps to a victory and a huge sending off.
Wasps needed a win to keep pace with Ulster and Stade Rochelais in Pool 1 of the European Champions Cup, but in failing to do so thanks to a last gasp James Chisholm try, their flanker may now miss the start of England’s Six Nations campaign.
With just four minutes left in the tie, and Wasps with a precarious two point lead, James Haskell went in late on Welshman Jamie Roberts, with the 32-year-old receiving a red card for the reckless challenge for consultation with the TMO.
Haskell red-carded for this late hit on Jamie Roberts.
— RugbyLAD (@RugbyLAD7) January 13, 2018
The game ended 33-28 in favour of the Quins, who having lost their previous four games in Pool 1, remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
Haskell promptly took to Twitter to apologise directly to Roberts for the ill-judged tackle, stating that he had gotten the “height wrong”.
Whats done is done, but just want to publicly apologise to @Jamiehuwroberts. Never my intention to hurt another player. Got my height wrong, paid the price, which happens. You know me, never one to do anything subtly. Credit to @Harlequins and apologies to @WaspsRugby fans
— James Haskell (@jameshaskell) January 13, 2018
Haskell, who has earned 75 caps for England, will face a disciplinary hearing in the coming week.
Ulster lead Pool 1 on 17 points, with the French side one back and Wasps now five back on 12 after today’s defeat.