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- 15th Feb 2014
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Adams Park
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Aviva Premiership: London Irish's Tomas O'Leary facing ban for 'stamp'
I have not seen the red card close up but what I would say is there was a fair bit of tap-dancing from half-backs in the ruck area during the game.
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Ireland international Tomas O'Leary is facing a lengthy ban after appearing to stamp on the head of England flanker James Haskell during London's Irish's 23-20 Aviva Premiership victory over Wasps.
But London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith claimed there was some "tap-dancing" - players putting their feet where they should not - during other parts of the game.
If RFU disciplinary bosses come down hard on the 24-times capped London Irish scrum-half O'Leary, he faces at least nine weeks of suspension which would keep him out until the end of April.
Smith said he did not see a stamp, even though footage of the incident was replayed on the Adams Park big screen three times.
But hapless Wasps, who crawled back from 17-3 down to level at 20-20, were sent packing when ex-England centre Shane Geraghty clinched a dramatic 23-20 Aviva Premiership win for the Irish in the final minutes.
Smith said: "I have not seen the red card close up but what I would say is there was a fair bit of tap-dancing from half-backs in the ruck area during the game.
"We want to have a look at a couple of occasions where (Wasps scrum-half) Joe (Simpson) was using his feet as well."
'Reckless not vicious'
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young labelled the accusation as a "silly comment" and played down the alleged stamp as unintentional.
"Obviously, it looked like a red card but we all know the player and it was reckless rather than vicious," he said.
"It is one of them that you go to clear the ball and things happen quickly. There is no rugby player who goes out there to catch somebody on the head."
Smith praised his side for the win, which saw fly-half Ian Humphreys and hooker David Paice score Irish tries, while wing James Short crossed for Wasps.
Home fly-half Joe Carlisle booted 15 points against 10 from Irish full-back James O'Connor before a dramatic late drop-goal from Irish centre Geraghty wrapped up the win.
Smith said: "There is plenty of belief in the squad. Today's win probably tops last weekend when we beat Saracens away."Aviva Premiership. Click here to bet.
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|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
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|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
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|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
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