Horwill cited for stamp

Australia captain James Horwill could miss the rest of the series after he was cited for stamping in the first Test defeat to the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane on Saturday (Australia 4/1 to win the series).

Horwill is accused of stamping on the head of second row Alun-Wyn Jones in the third minute of the Lions’ 23-21 win at Suncorp Stadium and faces a disciplinary hearing in Melbourne on Sunday.

The match officials had originally missed the incident but the tourists referred it to the match citing commissioner after the final whistle.

If found guilty Horwill could face a suspension of up to 12 weeks, which would rule him out of the remaining two Tests of the Lions tour, with the tourists high on confidence after hanging on to pick up the win.

Australia (9/2 to win the series 2-1) showed plenty of fight and heart to take the game into the final moments, dominated by Kurtley Geale’s two missed penalties which could have given the home side the win.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland has criticised the use of the boot to the head but announced that Jones is fit and ready for the second Test, which takes place in Melbourne next Saturday.

He said: “Alun’s fine. The medical team had a look at him at half time and at full time they had to put a couple of stitches in his eye. We had a look at him after the game and the feeling from us was that he needed to be referred to the citing commissioner to have a look and make up his mind.
“I played in the days when rucking was allowed and I’ve still got some scars that bear witness to the ruckings I had, but for me the head was sacrosanct and you stayed away from that. It’s up to the citing commissioner to make any further decision.”

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