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Mat Luamanu did not deserve yellow card, says Quins boss

Published 05/11/2016

Harelquins head coach John Kingston saw his side see off Exeter
Harelquins head coach John Kingston saw his side see off Exeter

Harlequins boss John Kingston said he could not understand Mat Luamanu's sin-binning in his side's opening 29-15 Anglo-Welsh Cup victory over Exeter.

The number eight was yellow-carded for a thumping tackle on Will Hooley barely 10 minutes into the game at the Stoop, with the Chiefs fly-half unable to continue as a result.

Hooley looked to be slipping as the challenge came in, and Kingston was adamant that the New Zealander had been harshly dealt with, even if he did catch the fly-half high.

He said: "For me watching it the guy ducked into it and it was a full-on tackle. I'm not being critical of the officials, I'm just giving a view of what I saw. For me it was an absolutely fantastic, crunching tackle. For me it was legal.

"If there was any question mark it was the height, the starting contact was fine, he may have slipped slightly.

"I can't believe it was a yellow card, I don't understand how they made that decision."

Exeter will have a few regrets from the game, having led going into the final quarter only to see Quins stretch away late on with tries from Charlie Walker and Luc Jones.

But skills coach Ricky Pellow insisted there were positives to take from the game.

He said: "We made a few too many errors in clinical positions. A lot of the younger guys came in and got their first senior appearances - from that perspective it was a positive outcome.

"Performance and result wise it wasn't the way we wanted to start the competition.

"I think from us in this competition, every year we've looked to attack it, tonight both sides put out quality sides.

"We'll reset - we've done this before where we've started off and got a loss under our belt and gone on to get wins under our belt and get to the semi-final.

"It's disappointing, but we'll reset and come back in on Tuesday, work on the things that didn't go well for us and focus for Cardiff.

"If we can get a good result at home then we're still in with a really good chance to move forward in the group."

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