Sport Rugby

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Attwood cited as Romanian prop in danger of losing sight

Brendan Gallagher

LA ROCHELLE are claiming that their Romanian prop Petrisor Toderasc is in danger of losing the sight in his right eye after what they claimed was a stamp by Gloucester's England second-row Dave Attwood in the sides' Amlin Challenge Cup game at Kingsholm on Sunday night.

Toderasc suffered a fractured cheekbone and damaged some teeth in the incident when the TV coverage showed Attwood making contact with the prop's face with his left foot as he stamped down.

Attwood could face a lengthy ban from the game if he is found guilty after being cited yesterday by ERC disciplinary chiefs who will ultimately have to decide whether the stamp was deliberate or reckless. La Rochelle made an official complaint to the citing officer, providing TV and still images to back up their complaint.


Meanwhile, Cardiff No 8 Xavier Rush will face a disciplinary panel today after he was sent off for a dangerous tackle in their Heineken Cup match against Northampton on Sunday. Saracens wing Sailosi Tagicakibau has been cleared to play with immediate effect after his dismissal for two yellow-card offences against Toulon.

Elsewhere in the Heineken Cup, Toulouse ran in five tries as they demolished Glasgow 36-10 in their rescheduled meeting at Stade Ernest Wallon last night.

In a game that was postponed twice over the weekend, the European champions cruised to the top of Pool 6 after Maxime Medard crossed for the first try, which was converted by David Skrela, after just 10 minutes.

Virgil Lacombe added a second try in the first half, Skrela again adding the extras, with a Ruaridh Jackson penalty Glasgow's only reply on the scoreboard.

A mini-revival for the Warriors was sparked in the first minute of the second half when DTH van der Merwe crossed for a converted try.

However, Toulouse went up through the gears and tries from Clement Poitrenaud, Thierry Dustautoir and Vincent Clerc helped them stroll home.

Irish Independent

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