Wasps and England back-rower James Haskell lost it with England teammate Joe Marler during his team’s 24-21 defeat to Harlequins today.
In a drawn-out scuffle, the experienced flanker takes umbrage to Marler pulling his scrum-cap, so decides to wrestle him to the ground and after a bit of grappling on the floor, the pair are separated.
With the matter seemingly over, Haskell walks back past Marler to collect his scrum-cap which had been ripped off during the melee. As he does this Marler, holding a water bottle, throws some water on Haskell.
Enraged by this, Haskell begins to choke the Harlequins prop before one of Marler’s teammates steps in and separates the pair, as Marler exchanges a few pleasantries with the man known as the ‘Hask’ in a tasty little video.
Despite the experienced England international’s protestations that he had had water thrown in his face and had been choked by Marler in the original incident, referee Andrew Jackson decides to only yellow card Haskell.
Harlequins took advantage of Wasps numerical advantage to score eight points during Haskell’s absence, as they inflicted a first league home defeat since December 2015 on the hosts.
Tries by Marland Yarde and Charlie Walker as well as 14 points from the boot of 18-year-old wonder kid Marcus Smith earned the Quins a huge win in Coventry.
While for the home side winger Christian Wade and hooker Tom Cruse scored tries, with fly-half Danny Care contributing 11 points with the boot.
Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena