RaboDirect Pro12: Scarlets’s Liam Williams likely to miss rest of season
RaboDirect Pro12: Liam Williams is likely to miss the rest of the season after being cited for a dangerous collision
Liam Williams is likely to miss the rest of the season after being cited for his ‘dangerous’ collision in the air with Alex Cuthbert on Sunday.
The Scarlets and Wales full-back was yellow carded by referee Ian Davies for the incident in the sixth minute of the Judgement Day clash against Cardiff Blues for taking out his international team-mate and showing no attempt to play the ball.
“Liam was lucky not to get a red card for that, I think,” said Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby after the match.
“He’s mistimed it and you just can’t afford to take someone out in the air. Once they’ve left the floor they’ve got all the rights.”
Williams—who was in a typically aggressive mood throughout the match—was later sent off for a second yellow card when he was adjudged to have cynically slowed down the ball at a ruck.
And the 23-year-old’s misery was compounded as he took a boot to the head from Blues number 8 Robin Copeland at the same time – for which the Irishman was also sent off.
“Liam Williams, the Scarlets full-back, has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle, contrary to Law 10.4 (e), following the RaboDirect Pro12 match against Cardiff Blues at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday 20 April 2014,” read a statement from the competition organisers.
“The tackle resulted in the referee awarding a yellow card to the player, but following review it was deemed the tackle was sufficiently dangerous to have warranted a red card and cited the player.”
The wording of the offence, and recent precedent of the incident involving Ulster’s Jared Payne in the Heineken Cup, means that Williams is almost certain to be handed, at the very least, a two-week ban once remorse and previous good behaviour are taken into account.
A longer ban could see Williams miss part, or all, of Wales’ summer tour to South Africa with no scheduled ‘playing weeks’ for the Scarlets and Wales between 10 May and 10 June.
Williams and Copeland are expected find out the date for their disciplinary hearings today, with the panel convening before the penultimate round of Pro12 matches next weekend.