Dragons boss angry at decision to only show Lions yellow star for high kick

TOP: Dragons full-back Josh Lewis is crushed by Scarlets’ Jonathan Davies

DRAGONS boss Dean Ryan thinks rugby needs to be serious about head injuries after Scarlets’ Jonathan Davies saw yellow for a hit on Josh Lewis.

The Wales and Lions center was trashed for crushing the visiting full-back after making a seventh-minute clearance of the clash at Llanelli.

Referee Ben Whitehouse viewed the footage on the big screen and consulted with his team of officials before making his decision.

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“The initial point of contact is clearly on the upper arm, but it slides up and makes contact [with the head] so it’s a yellow card,” Whitehouse told Davies.

Lewis initially continued but was substituted after 11 minutes clutching his left shoulder.

South Wales Argus: Josh Lewis was hit high by Jonathan Davies

South Wales Argus: Josh Lewis was hit high by Jonathan Davies

Josh Lewis was hit high by Jonathan Davies

“I would ask sports officials if we are serious about player safety. Let’s not talk is it a red card or is it not,” said director of rugby Ryan.

“If we ask that question often enough, then maybe they could change some of the answers.

“We asked questions last week about two incidents [against Gloucester] missed by a TMO, a team of four officials and a citing officer.

“I’m just not convinced people are serious about head injuries, certainly not against the Dragons.”

Scarlets counterpart Dwayne Peel felt Davies’ call to show yellow, the first of three sins for his side, was correct.

“I think it was the right call after a shoulder-to-shoulder contact,” the Scarlets boss said.

Charles P. Patton