Saracens scrum-half Aled Davies cited following dangerous tackle on Julian Montoya

Saracens scrum-half Aled Davies cited following dangerous tackle on Julian Montoya in Premiership final defeat to Leicester… with many believing his challenge was worthy of a red card rather than 10 minutes in the sin bin

Saracens scrum-half Aled Davies has been cited for a dangerous tackle in his team’s Premiership final defeat by Leicester, again raising questions over rugby’s inconsistency on the law.

Davies’ shoulder made contact with the head of Tigers hooker Julian Montoya in the first half at Twickenham. Referee Wayne Barnes showed a yellow card after consulting his TMO.

The incident provided a flurry of debate with many believing Davies’ tackle was worthy of a red card and an immediate sending off rather than 10 minutes in the sin bin.

Aled Davies has been cited for a dangerous challenge made on Leicester’s Julian Montoya

On Wednesday and after reviewing the Twickenham final, the game’s citing officer Chris Catling confirmed the Davies incident did cross the red card threshold.

The Rugby Football Union said in a statement: ‘The case of Saracens player Aled Davies will be heard by an independent disciplinary panel. The date for the hearing is to be confirmed.

‘Davies was cited for dangerous tackling contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13, or in the alternative Law 9.11, for making direct contact to the head with his shoulder during the Premiership final against Leicester Tigers on Saturday. Davies has accepted the charge.’

Davies was shown a yellow card though many believed he should have been issued a red

Davies was shown a yellow card though many believed he should have been issued a red

The shoulder of Davies connected Montoya (pictured) in the head, though the latter was able to celebrate as Leicester beat Saracens 15-12 in the Premiership final at the weekend

The shoulder of Davies connected Montoya (pictured) in the head, though the latter was able to celebrate as Leicester beat Saracens 15-12 in the Premiership final at the weekend

Saracens were beaten 15-12 by Leicester in the Premiership final with replacement Tigers fly-half Freddie Burns notching a dramatic, last-gasp match-winning drop goal.

Davies’ card was costly for Mark McCall’s men as Leicester scored 12 of their 15 points – with tries from Hanro Liebenberg and Jasper Wiese – coming when he was off the field.

Leicester’s title-winning centre Matias Moroni has signed for Newcastle after he confirmed his departure from the Tigers in the wake of the Twickenham final.

Leicester's Matias Moroni meanwhile has signed for Newcastle in the wake of the final

Leicester’s Matias Moroni meanwhile has signed for Newcastle in the wake of the final

Argentina international Moroni revealed he did not want to leave Steve Borthwick’s Leicester, but had no option but to do so.

‘I have enjoyed playing in the Premiership at Leicester and it’s a competition which I think suits my game,’ said Moroni.

‘I am thankful to everyone at Tigers and will take only good memories from my time there. Now I’m looking forward to this new challenge with the Falcons.’

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