Thursday 26 April 2018

Sporting Youngs could save 'Rocky' Ma'afu

Northampton's Salesi Ma'afu punches Leicester hooker Tom Youngs and was subsequently sent off
Northampton's Salesi Ma'afu punches Leicester hooker Tom Youngs and was subsequently sent off

Northampton Saints are hoping that Leicester hooker Tom Youngs' sporting reaction to a punch thrown by Salesi Ma'afu will help the Australian prop avoid a ban that would rule him out of the English Premiership final.

Ma'afu was sent off in Friday night's semi-final for an uppercut on Youngs that afterwards prompted the England No 2 to send a tweet to Ma'afu calling him 'Rocky'.

There were clearly no hard feelings from Youngs as he tweeted: "good shot mate, go well in the final. #rocky," accompanied by a photo of the incident.

Ma'afu responded: "cheers mate. The jersey can overcome us in the heat of battle. I owe you a pint. #respect"

The exchange drew a huge online reaction as Youngs was commended for his sportsmanship, but whether the citing commissioner will take such a lenient view remains to be seen.

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