Scarlets rower Sione Kalamafoni red carded for punching Ross Moriarty

Sione Kalamafoni, the Scarlets' rower, is likely to receive a lengthy disqualification after referee Ben Whitehouse gave him a red card for punching Ross Moriarty in the Welsh United Rugby Championship (URC) derby against the Dragons on New Year's Day.  rugby fighting Source: Alamy

Sione Kalamafoni, the Scarlets’ rower, is likely to receive a lengthy disqualification after referee Ben Whitehouse gave him a red card for punching Ross Moriarty in the Welsh United Rugby Championship (URC) derby against the Dragons on New Year’s Day. rugby fighting Source: Alamy

Scarlets rowing machine Sione Kalamafoni likely to get a lengthy disqualification after referee Ben Whitehouse gave him a red card for punching Ross Moriarty in the Welsh United Rugby Championship (URC) derby against the Dragons on New Year’s Day.

Tonga international Sione Kalamafoni was ordered to march 32 minutes into a United Rugby Championship clash after hand-to-hand combat broke out between the two sides, while Dragons back rower Ross Moriarty spent ten minutes in the sin basket for his part.

Kalamafoni sees red

Tensions are always high in derby matches, but things came to a boil on Sunday after a bit of pushing and shoving quickly turned into fist flying.

The initial brawl began after Sam Lousi took on Dragons winger Ashton Hewitt. The speedster was not happy with the second rower clinging to his shirt after making contact with him. Two Scarlets players pulled him away from Lousie before Kalamafoni charged into the brawl, grabbing Hewitt.

He was pulled away from the winger by Aaron Wainwright and during the fight with him, Moriarty came in to break up the pair and pulled Kalamafoni by his scrum cap.

As he broke free from Moriarty’s grip, Kalamafoni landed two punches before players from both sides swarmed.

Despite delivering two punches, Moriarty smiled knowing what was to come and proceeded to taunt the Scarlets number 8.

Ross Moriarty smiles after being hit by Scarlets No. 8 Sione Kalamafoni in the United Rugby Championship, rugby fight Source: Alamy

Ross Moriarty smiles after being hit by Scarlets No. 8 Sione Kalamafoni in the United Rugby Championship, rugby fight Source: Alamy

After consulting TMO, Judge Whitehouse told the players: “We have players sticking around; you (Kalamafoni) came out of nowhere and started and made things much worse.

“You (Moriarty) grabbed him by the cap and pulled him out. That’s a yellow card for you; next. You hit (Kalamafoni) and landed, red card; next.”

The Scarlets demand bragging rights

At the time of the red card, the Scarlets were leading the game 13-10, and the Dragons quickly moved forward as Lewis Jones crashed at close range to the edge in front.

The Dragons took the lead 16:17. The hosts put in an excellent performance in the second half even though they were losing, and an early Halfpenny penalty gave them the lead again.

Dane Blacker and Johnny McNicholl made more tries while the Scarlets kept the Dragons scoreless in the last forty minutes to seal a 33-17 win.

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