Six Nations 2012: Davies deserved a red card for his tackle – Gatland

Warren Gatland admits Wales lock Bradley Davies deserved a red card for his tackle on Ireland's Donnacha Ryan on Sunday

Warren Gatland believes Wales lock Bradley Davies should have received a red card for his dangerous tackle on Ireland’s Donnacha Ryan during their 23-21 victory in Dublin on Sunday.

Davies was sin-binned for the tip tackle and the Cardiff Blues star has been cited by Italian citing commissioner Achille Reali, meaning he will face an independent championship disciplinary committee in London on Wednesday.

“I think there’s intent and if you look at that and ask me, there’s definitely an intent in there,” said the Wales head coach.

“So I wouldn’t argue with the decision of that being given a red card.”

Gatland criticised Davies for the incident and urged the 25-year-old forward, who was also sin-binned in Wales’ 2011 Six Nations win in Scotland, to be more disciplined in the future.

“It’s not local club rugby, where you get away with those things,” said Gatland. “We’ve got the very best referees in the world. You’ve got to keep your head.

“You can’t get caught up in the moment and have ill discipline, because that does cost you.

“Our staff in the box who had a look at it thought it should have been a red card. It should have been a red card.”

Ireland’s Stephen Ferris, who received a yellow card for his tackle on Ian Evans, was also cited by Reali and will face the disciplinary committee in midweek.

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