Wednesday was a disappointing day for Harlequins. The club had two of their players up for disciplinary proceedings from their match with Wasps in the Champions Cup at the weekend and both were found guilty of foul play.
Joe Marler pleaded guilty to striking second-row Will Rowlands in the 48th minute of the match between the two clubs. This ban was reduced from four weeks due to the player’s guilty plea and expression of remorse.
Dave Ward was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Murray Whyte (Ireland), for striking the Wasps flanker, Thomas Young, with his head in the 47th minute of the match. Ward pleaded not guilty to the offence but the committee upheld the citing and deemed that the incident warranted a red card.
Ward was given a four-week ban before reducing it by a week due to the player’s prior disciplinary record and the fact there was no aggravating factors associated with the incident.
Quins’ Director of Rugby, John Kingston, admitted that losing the two players is a blow to the club:
“Dave Ward and Joe Marler are key players for us, so losing either of them for any amount of time is a blow.
“While there were mitigating factors, players can’t take the law into their own hands and Joe accepts that.
“I am quite frankly disappointed in the outcome of the hearing in regard to Dave, as I have no doubt in my mind that there was absolutely no intent on his part. Of course, we accept the Committee’s decision and respect the disciplinary process and procedures.”
“We as a squad are 100% focused on preparing for Saturday’s encounter with Worcester Warriors, as we have been all week.”