However the late red card incident left a sour note to the encounter at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Odogwu got his matching order for kicking Rohan Janse Van Rensburg flush in the face when fielding a high ball late in the second-half. The 22-year-old extended his foot out which then collided with Van Rensburg’s face.
Despite the ugly optics of the incident, Odogwu appeared to laugh in derision at the referee’s decision to send him off. He admitted that his reaction wasn’t the best.
“Tough one to take, challenge in the air wasn’t intentional but reaction wasn’t the best in the heat of the moment, it’s an emotional game sometimes gets the best of you.
“Apologies to Rohan and @SaleSharksRugby hope you’re all good. Onwards and upwards.”
Tough one to take, challenge in the air wasn’t intentional but reaction wasn’t the best in the heat of the moment, it’s an emotional game sometimes gets the best of you. Apologies to Rohan and @SaleSharksRugby hope you’re all good. Onwards and upwards ?
Social meida inevitably got good mileage out of the incident; even the Wasps Rugby account appeared shocked.
79' Papier tries a high one but Odogwu takes it…
Man goes down but they're looking at Odogwu's foot hitting the man…
And a red card is given!
? 25-18 ? pic.twitter.com/UbTONtE7ey
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) November 8, 2019
— Douglas Branch (@DougBranch27) November 8, 2019
— Tim Cocker (@cocker) November 8, 2019
Amazing that Wasps are bleating about that red card – he kicked him in the face! Obviously a straight red. Ref did well #SALvWAS
— Ben Glaze (@benglaze) November 8, 2019
Paolo Odogwu laughing at the referees decision there but he can’t have any complaints. He’s kicked Van Rensburg in the face AFTER he’s caught the ball. Awful. Deserved red card. #SALvWAS
— Dan Benn (@DanBenn2) November 8, 2019
Odogwu has just deliberately kicked a man in the face and then protests a red card, therefore is a complete tool #SALvWAS
— Mattie Park (@mattie_park18) November 8, 2019
The Coventry born winger – ironically renowned for his footwork – moved to Wasps from Sale Sharks over the summer.
In 2016, the explosive back ran in eight tries in just three Premiership Sevens group matches for Sale to top Christian Wade’s try-scoring record in the competition.
— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) July 26, 2017
During his first season in Manchester, he impressed across both the Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup, and has gone on to score seven tries in 29 first-team appearances for the Sharks.
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