VIDEO: Marler’s ‘kick’ at Grenoble hooker

Date published: April 23 2016

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England prop Joe Marler will now wait to hear if he has been cited for an apparent kick to the head of Grenoble's Armand Héguy.

The incident in the 26th minute was not spotted by the officials but was the main talking point in the aftermath of Harlequins' 30-6 win in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

Speaking to reports after the contest, Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea believed the incident did not warrant a red card and that therefore Marler would not be cited.

Marler was playing in his first match for Harlequins since his suspension from World Rugby following the "gypsy boy" comment he made to Wales prop Samson Lee.

‘It was not a boot. It was nowhere near a boot. It was a shin. The question that the citing commissioner will look at is whether it is a red card. It has to pass a red card test and that is a question they, and only they, can answer,” he said.

“Should he do it? No. Is it a red card? No. It's disappointing to have to talk about it because I thought his scrummaging was excellent.

“But he is under the microscope. Things happen, we never condone it but if that is a red card there's a heck of a lot of things that happen on the pitch that are worse.

“So I'd focus on the positives, I'll have a word with him, but there are things happen on the ground. He got up, he did something, but it wasn't a red card.

"You have to control your emotion, you have to learn to control your emotion. Players play on the edge and you can't just suddenly switch that off. Was that a lash-out? It wasn't.

“Was there stuff going on on the ground? Yes. But players play on the edge and you can't just suddenly switch that off. 

"In my opinion if you're going to pass any citing it has to pass a red card test. I would find that difficult to pass. If we pass that we are going to have a heck of a lot more passed.

‘It is physical, it is intense and some of the things that are said and go on within a match, it is always more difficult without that context. 

‘He knows, we all know, you have to keep your edge and control your edge but it is because of who he is that things get magnified."

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