Owen Farrell Paul Gustard labels Joe Marler ‘ridiculous’ for needless elbow during Harlequins’ heavy loss to Sale Sharks

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Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard branded Joe Marler’s actions “absolutely ridiculous” after the prop was sin-binned in his side’s 48-10 mauling at the hands of Sale.

Marler did not appear to be provoked when he put his elbow into the face of Sharks forward Jean-Luc Du Preez at the start of the second half and duly earned 10 minutes off the field.

Although the visitors held out while the England loosehead was in the sin-bin, it was symptomatic of an ill-disciplined performance by the Londoners as they eventually conceded six tries.

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“I’m sure Joe will look at himself, it’s absolutely ridiculous,” Gustard said.

“There’s no need for that. There was plenty of off-the-ball stuff from Sale and we’ve got to rise above it but Joe was the protagonist and there’s just no place for that.

“It cost us an important player for 10 minutes and put the team under pressure again.”

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Gustard also criticised his side’s whole display as Quins failed to secure the win which would have taken them into the top four ahead of

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