Worcester head coach wants law changed after red card

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Worcester Warriors head coach Jonathan Thomas believes that the law should be altered after Rory Sutherland received a red card during Sunday’s defeat to Bath.

The Warriors became the first team to lose to the West Country outfit in the Premiership this season as they succumbed 22-19 at the Rec.

However, they weren’t helped by the sending off of Sutherland, who was dismissed for a head-on-head collision with Will Stuart.

Something wrong with the game

Thomas said: “By the letter of the law it’s a red card and you can’t argue with it, but I think there is an issue with the law.

“I retired from rugby because of head knocks, so I am all about ensuring player safety.

“But it is an accidental head-on-head collision, and the footwork used by Stuart has to be a mitigating factor.

“Something is wrong with the game if we are going to have a sending-off for that.

“I am bitterly disappointed to go down to 14 players and lose. I thought we were the better team with 14, and we had to be tactically smart.

“The players showed huge, huge character and I am gutted for them because we created opportunities. It was an unbelievable effort.”

For Bath, it was their first win in any competition this season at the 13th attempt, having last tasted victory more than six months ago.

Fly-half Orlando Bailey’s penalty 10 minutes from time broke their Premiership duck this term, while he also added two conversions as Bath posted tries by wing Semesa Rokoduguni, centre Max Ojomoh and full-back Tom De Glanville.

But Worcester, without a win from 17 previous visits to the Recreation Ground, matched them try for try as full-back Jamie Shillcock, lock Joe Batley and scrum-half Gareth Simpson touched down, with fly-half Fin Smith kicking two conversions.

Bath director of rugby Stuart Hooper said: “The result is everything.

“You have to understand where we have been from a results point of view, and also availability, and getting the win today was massive for us and our supporters.

“Some of the players, the way they responded today was outstanding. It was miles away from a perfect performance, but there were (good) elements to it with some of the physicality we showed.

“It’s huge. In professional sport, you always talk about what you could and should have done, and what you would have done better, but I genuinely believe that’s for tomorrow.

“The players put so much in during the week to have winning moments in the games, and you have to recognise that and enjoy it.

“It’s not about spraying champagne in the changing room or anything of that magnitude, but it is about being able to look each other in the eye and smile and be proud of what you have done.

“In anything you do, when you are not getting the results or those moments of joy, it is tough.”

Wasps boss hails ‘special win’ over leaders Leicester

Wasps head coach Lee Blackett was hugely emotional after his side overcame the odds to end Leicester Tigers’ incredible start to the season.

Leicester were chasing 16 consecutive victories, which would have been a club record, but the hosts showed incredible resilience to claim a 16-13 triumph.

Blackett said: “In the dressing room afterwards I couldn’t speak as there was huge emotion as our whole performance was based on loads of energy and emotion.

“We won’t get carried away with the result but it’s a really special win as we became more confident as the game went on and it was as good as I’ve seen us emotionally.”

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