'Stupid sh**housery' from Joe Marler proved costly Harlequins against Toulouse - Ruck

‘Stupid sh**housery’ from Joe Marler proved costly Harlequins against Toulouse

Harlequins’ hopes in the Investec Champions Cup were marred by a moment of unnecessary aggression from prop Joe Marler, resulting in referee Andrew Brace reversing a penalty initially awarded to the visitors.

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Toulouse managed to hold off a spirited second-half comeback from Quins, clinching a 38-26 victory and securing their spot in the final for the first time in three years.

Public opinion on Marler’s actions was largely critical, with fans taking to social media to express their dismay.

One commenter labeled Marler’s move as “thick as a castle door,” acknowledging that while it didn’t cost them the match, it certainly dashed any hopes of victory.

Another fan criticised Marler’s decision-making, stating that while a minor infraction might have gone unnoticed, a full-blown swipe was bound to land him in trouble.

“I don’t understand what he was thinking with this, it wouldn’t have won us the game but still stupid,” remarked a third supporter, echoing the sentiments of many disappointed fans.

In the upcoming final, Toulouse will square off against four-time champions Leinster, setting the stage for a showdown between the two most successful teams in Champions Cup history.

The highly anticipated clash is scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Saturday, May 25th.

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