Wasps Winger Shown Red For Absolutely Ridiculous ‘Kung-Fu’ Challenge In Defeat To Sale
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Wasps suffered yet another defeat over the weekend as they went down 28-18 to Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium in Round Four of the Premiership.
Dai Young’s side outscored their opponents by two tries to one but conceded a whopping 19 penalties which proved costly as Sale kicked 23 of the 29 points on offer as a result.
Sione Vailanu and Zach Kibirige both crossed the whitewash for Wasps, but Dan du Preez’s first-half try which was converted by brother Rob, who also kicked five penalties for an individual 17-point haul – was enough for Steve Diamond’s side to secure the win.
And to make matters worse former Sale winger Paolo Odogwu was sent off for Wasps in the dying seconds for an absolutely ridiculous challenge in the air. Odogwu got up high to take the ball, but straightened his leg and landed a ‘kung-fu’ style kick on Sale’s Rohan Janse van Rensburg.
Dai Young admitted it was a red card after the game but reckons there was nothing intentional on Odogwu’s part.
“I’m disappointed that we’ve not come away with at least a losing bonus point. But we’ve got to look at ourselves,” Young said.
“It was a red card. It might seem a bit harsh as there was nothing intentional, but his foot comes out and connects and, in today’s climate, that’s a red card.
“You can’t really complain. We shot ourselves in the foot. We gave away silly penalties when we didn’t need to.”
Check out the clip of the incident below. Not sure why Odogwu shakes his head after being show red. Such a needless and completely avoidable challenge. Intentional or not it was an act of pure stupidity.
Go to around the 3:45 mark for the kick.