Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cut out the Tip Tackles, Warns Farrell

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cut out the Tip Tackles, Warns Farrell

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ANDY FARRELL reinforced the need for England to avoid tip tackles after Bradley Davies and Stephen Ferris were cited for foul play incidents over the weekend.

Both players were sinbinned in Wales' dramatic Six Nations victory over Ireland, although Davies was fortunate not to be sent off for his offthe-ball clash with Donnacha Ryan. Ferris' tackle on Ian Evans, which handed Wales the match-winning penalty, was deemed by many to be less severe, but the Ireland flanker has been cited nonetheless.

The minimum entry-level suspension for any player found guilty of an illegal tip tackle is three weeks, rising to at least 10 for the most serious cases. The maximum is oneyear ban.

As England began their build-up to Saturday's showdown with Italy in Rome, Farrell hammered home the need for his men to keep their discipline in defence.

"There is no point debating it. The rules are the rules," said Farrell, England's assistant coach.

"If you take anybody over the horizontal, whether you put him down gently or hard into the floor, you are going to get penalised and a yellow card or a red card. …

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