Ross Moriarty claims Ireland star gets special treatment from referees

Ross Moriarty says he was a victim of Johnny Sexton’s big-name status when yellow-carded for the Dragons against Leinster last weekend, and suggested rugby is ‘going soft’.

“Some may say it was harsh, some may say it was fair, but if Johnny did that against me in that game I know for a fact he would not have had anything happen to him.” said Moriarty.

“It’s nice to see little players running around making a fool of big players but when a big player gets hold of a smaller one there’s always a big scene.

“Most players will have had something happen to them if they hit Johnny Sexton off the ball because obviously he has a big pull in the game these days which is quite sad.”

He added: “Last week I let the team down which is disappointing but I have the fourth highest number of the tackles in the league in just three games so I am happy with the way I am playing.

“I think rugby is going soft which is quite sad to see, because if you want physical players…”


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