Gloucester Rugby: Nick Wood's red card for stamping in Saracens defeat could carry nine-week suspension
SARACENS 44 GLOUCESTER 12
NICK Wood faces at least a nine-week ban after his red card for stamping on Jacques Burger.
The 30-year-old loosehead was dismissed after just two minutes of Gloucester’s five-try defeat to Saracens at Allianz Park.
It was game over the moment Wood was dismissed by referee Wayne Barnes.
This will be deemed a high-end stamping offence, and bans for such actions carry a nine-week minimum term.
Wood can expect a long ban: he is not a dirty player, but this was a horrid act of foul play.
While he may have been trying to ruck Burger out of the way – instead he stamped on his head.
In rugby there are two or three acts players just never commit, and this is on that list.
Wood’s humiliation and remorse was writ large on his red-hued face.
But there is no excuse or escape.
Gloucester boss Nigel Davies admitted Wood is staring down the barrel of a fairly hefty lay-off.
He explained: “It’s very difficult for Nick, he was in bits in the changing rooms.
“I saw it on the big screen like everybody else, and it didn’t look great.
“He’s not a dirty player, he never has been, he’s a good technician and a good rugby player.
“But we’ll have to look at the videos and take it from there.
“The red card, as it was seen by the referee, I think was fair.
“Nick’s apologised for what happened, and he’s been big enough to do that.
“He’s a good guy, everyone makes mistakes, and he’ll come back stronger.”
Gloucester actually led 12-10 at the break thanks to four Freddie Burns penalties.
But after the turnaround David Strettle scored twice, with Schalk Brits and Billy Vunipola claiming tries to add to Joel Tomkins’ first-half finish.
The hosts claimed the try bonus-point with just two minutes to play, Strettle sliding home.
Sione Kalamafoni was sin-binned just before the hour, leaving Gloucester fighting with just 13 men for ten minutes.
And with time ticking down Burns was knocked out cold, though made a swift recovery to leave the field on his feet.
A day to forget for so many reasons, but Gloucester have got to get their act, and their season together, seriously swiftly now.