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'Helped me out': Danny Care's take on avoiding 'stonewall' sending off

By Josh Raisey
Danny Care

Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care can count himself as very fortunate that he was not red-carded against Northampton Saints on Saturday at Twickenham.

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The 37-year-old was yellow-carded by referee Karl Dickson in the first half of the contest with the Gallagher Premiership leaders for a high tackle on Courtney Lawes (you read that correctly), before finding himself in hot water in the second stanza.

A Northampton break was brought to a halt after Care dived straight over a ruck to stop his former England teammate Alex Mitchell from playing the ball.

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Dickson immediately reached for his pocket to show a yellow card, which would have resulted in a red, but was sidetracked by an altercation. Upon review, the decision was that Care would not be yellow-carded, much to the dismay of the commentary team of David Flatman and Brian O’Driscoll. But Care disagrees.

Despite sporting a grin on his face after being substituted immediately after this incident, Care said after the match that he believed the ball was out.

Match Summary

1
Penalty Goals
2
6
Tries
4
4
Conversions
3
0
Drop Goals
0
157
Carries
101
10
Line Breaks
11
6
Turnovers Lost
17
4
Turnovers Won
1

“I thought the ball was out,” he said to Ugo Monye on TNT Sport

“Straight bat, I thought the ball was out.

“That one [the Lawes tackle] the rules are the rules. He’s a big lad. I don’t know how I got high enough to hit his head. But it’s one of those. I’ve got to get my head out the way and go a bit lower. Disappointed myself there.

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“This one [the ruck infringement], I think the ball’s out. I’m trying to get the ball.”

Pundit Lawrence Dallaglio gave his take on the events though, and certainly did not agree with Care.

“I spent a lot of time on a yellow card and I can assure you, after a linebreak, that is a stonewall yellow card,” the former England captain said.

Care did concede that the squabble after his dubious rucking may have been his saving grace.

The England centurion added: “There was a little fracas after which maybe helped me out.”

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