"Pantomime villain" - Harlequins prop Joe Marler joins Leicester fans in the stand after being sin-binned - Ruck

“Pantomime villain” – Harlequins prop Joe Marler joins Leicester fans in the stand after being sin-binned

Harlequins secured their place in the Heineken Champions Cup with a hard-fought victory against Leicester, who had already secured a spot in the playoffs.

Quins took a 17-7 lead into halftime with a penalty try and Cadan Murley’s score, but Julian Montoya levelled the score for the Tigers.

In the second half, Tigers played with 14 men after Chris Ashton was shown a red card for a high tackle, and Handre Pollard’s penalty reduced the deficit.

Marcus Smith’s penalty made it 20-10, but Quins had to hold on after Tommy Reffell’s late try.

One notable moment occurred when Marler was sin-binned, and he joined Leicester Tigers fans in the crowd, giving one of them a high-five.

“Doesn’t belong in rugby” – Fans Rank Rugby’s Top 5 Pantomime Villains

Some rugby players are good. Some rugby players are bad. Some rugby players, though, can be both good and bad.

With Owen Farrell returning to the England XV this weekend, who are rugbyl’s greatest “pantomime villains” in world rugby.

Though it’s a relatively subjective term when applied to rugby players, in this context, we use it to identify big names who, despite their undoubted quality, have earned a reputation—rightly or wrongly—as something of a villain.

Read on to find out which players fit the bill—if you dare.

#5. Dan Biggar (Wales)

Biggar is the epitome of players you hate until they are on your team.

The way the fly-half continues to moan to referees vociferously has seemingly only got worse throughout his career.

It got so bad that popular online personality and diehard Scotland fan Glove39 made a video called ‘birdman’ mocking the way in which he always raises his arms in frustration to officials.