Joe Marler was left puzzled by World Rugby’s decision to cite Kyle Sinckler for biting during the British and Irish Lions’ loss to South Africa in the second test.
Sinckler allegedly bit Franco Mostert during a ruck in the 64e minute of the 27-9 second Test defeat in Cape Town, but no other player faces penalties after a heated game.
The Lions released a statement on behalf of Stuart Hogg on Sunday in which the Scotland full-back denied his own biting incident involving his counterpart Willie Le Roux.
Hogg’s head came into contact with Le Roux’s left arm when anger erupted in the second half with images and stills of the incident going viral on social media, but he was cleared of the wrongdoing.
Cheslin Kolbe also had the chance to escape with just a yellow card after taking Conor Murray into the air, while Maro Itoje appeared to leave his knee in Damian De Allende’s throat.
Sinckler, who has a checkered disciplinary record, will face a minimum 12-week ban if the citation is upheld by Tuesday’s disciplinary hearing and ex-Harlequins teammate Marler is curious about the reasoning behind the decision .
“I just can’t believe that was the only thing that came out of this game,” Marler said on talkSPORT.
“I know my quotes; it’s crazy, nobody even knew about that one!
“Unless you’re really looking for some of the darker arts, you don’t see it.
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“There were so many; there was Kolbe with the challenge in the air, there was so much other stuff and it’s been throughout the whole series of a kind of headline here and kind of a headline there.
“I guess part of that, the reason there have been so many headlines, is because a lot of rugby hasn’t really talked a lot.”