Rugby player banned for horrifying decapitation attempt

Leigh’s Adam Higson may be banned for between four and eight games following his red card at the Magic Weekend. His challenge was late and high and was considered a “Grade E” offence, which the rules call “intentional.”

Higson, 30, was sent off for a high and late tackle on Salford’s Gareth O’Brien during Leigh’s 36-22 defeat on Sunday.

Higson, whose Twitter handle ironically reeds “full time rugby player part time disgrace,” could be sidelined for as many as eight matches after an Independent Match Review Panel charged him with a Grade E high tackle.

Higson is was a regular starter for Leigh, with 40 tries in 95 appearances. Fortunately his moment of recklessness didn’t injure the 25-year-old O’Brien, with the tackle looking far worse than the outcome. What’s more interesting is the response of the players. Something must have happened for O’Brien’s teammates to look on in apathy at the disgraced Higson. His shocked reaction to the red card was quite comical.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ImmcD7t8Wk

“The game is getting softer and softer, maybe give him 10 in the bin but definitely not a red card.”

Was the response of one fan on Youtube. Quite hard to believe that someone could assess the damage with such feckless disregard for the near-decapitated O’Brien.