Tuesday 16 January 2018

Brendan Gallagher: Six Nations clearance of Stephen Ferris a welcome relief following week of uncertainty

Stephen Ferris, Ireland, reacts after giving away a late penalty against Wales on Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile
Stephen Ferris, Ireland, reacts after giving away a late penalty against Wales on Sunday. Photo: Sportsfile
Stephen Ferris upends Ian Evans to concede a last minute penalty

Brendan Gallagher

AT last a welcome blast of sanity after a confusing couple of days. They took their time and it was beginning to look ominous but the Six Nations disciplinary committee have eventually decided that when it comes to alleged tip-tackles Stephen Ferris had no case to anwer and he was clear to play for Ireland against France in Paris on Saturday.

The big Ulsterman should never have been made to trek across to London and back to Dublin today because his ferocious tackle on Ian Evans on Sunday was manifestly not a tip-tackle as described by the IRB themselves. Some would argue it wasn't even a penalty and that Ireland were robbed but I wouldn't go that far.



Firstly, Wales were the better team and deserved to win and secondly there was a moment when Evans's hips – or hip – went above his feet during the impact of the collision between huge men and it was here that the genesis of dangerous tackling brewed.

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