Welsh rugby player Ross Moriarty has criticised the decision that saw him receive a yellow card during Dragons 52-10 loss against Leinster earlier this month, claiming Johnny Sexton gets special treatment from referees.
Moriarty was sin-binned during the Pro14 tie for a late hit on the Irish out-half. It provoked a divided reaction at the time.
Moriarty gets a yellow card for this.
— rugby (@theblitzdefence) September 15, 2018
Now, Moriarty has spoken publicly on the decision and told the BBC Wales Scum V programme that it is 'sad' that Sexton has such a 'big pull' in games.
Some may say it was harsh, some may say it was fair, but if Johnny did that against me in that game I know for a fact he would not have had anything happen to him. It's nice to see little players running around making a fool of big players but when a big player gets hold of a smaller one there's always a big scene.
Most players will have had something happen to them if they hit Johnny Sexton off the ball because obviously he has a big pull in the game these days which is quite sad.
He went on to claim the decision is indicative of a trend in the sport: "I think rugby is going soft which is quite sad to see."
At the time, Sexton stayed down after the hit which prompted the referee to consult the TMO. Leinster are set to play Dragons once again later this year, with Leo Cullen's men making the trip to Rodney Parade this December.
HT [Wales Online]