Ross Moriarty has revealed he thought it would be “the end of me” had referee Jaco Peyper sent him off in Wales’ World Cup quarter-final against France.
Moriarty had only been on the pitch for 90 seconds, replacing an injured Josh Navidi, when he was yellow-carded for a high tackle on Les Bleus centre Gael Fickou.
Wales went on to triumph 20-19, with number eight Moriarty scoring the winning try – but only after an incident that left him sweating, especially when Peyper called in captain Alun Wyn Jones.
Moriarty has similarly vivid memories of his match-clinching touchdown, which followed a concerted spell of pressure near France’s line.
Moriarty is set to take hamstring injury victim Navidi’s place against semi-final opponents South Africa on Sunday.