Cardiff Blues talisman Xavier Rush may be set for a spell on the sidelines after receiving a red card in the Welsh region’s European loss to Northampton Saints.
The former All Black was given his marching orders by French referee Jerome Garceson the 55 minute mark for a dangerous tackle on England second-row Courtney Lawes in a niggly and often bad tempered encounter at the Cardiff City Stadium.
“They were certainly talking points in the tunnel,” said Blues head coach Dai Young.
“But the referee has made his decisions and there’s no point in me saying anything.”
Rush will now face an independent ERC hearing and could be set for an extended suspension. If the no.8 were to be banned it would be a major blow to the Blues who lie third in the Magners League.
Next up for the title-chasing Blues are crunch festive derbies with the Newport Gwent Dragons on December 27 and then the Ospreys on December 31.