Former England No 8 James Haskell says rugby is becoming pathetic after his Wasps side was denied a try because of a high tackle he made.
Haskell, who played a season for the Highlanders, came off the bench for Wasps against the Northampton Saints on Sunday and was disheartened by the referee’s decision when a John Bassett touchdown was disallowed because of a high tackle by Haskell in the build-up.
“I’m pretty emotional about that last penalty, I don’t know what’s happened to rugby. It sounds like I’m fading out at the right time because it has becoming a bit of a pathetic sport at the moment I think,” he said afterwards.
A riveting game was decided by a Christian Wade double but Wasps could have won by more if Bassett’s try had been allowed.
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It was the 33-year-old’s last home game for Wasps, who beat the Saints 36-29.
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The former international has struggled to find a home within the English Premiership and may have to look abroad. However, if his post-match comments are genuine, he will be happy to leave the game altogether.
The win clinches a top-four spot for Wasps and a semifinal against the Newcastle Falcons.
“I don’t know what’s happened to rugby? It sounds like I’m fading out at the right time, it’s becoming a bit of a pathetic sport at the moment.”
James Haskell. No. Holding. Back.
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April 29, 2018
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