WORCES­TER HUNT THE ‘LASER LOUTS’

Daily Mail - - Sports Mail - By WILL KELLEHER

WORCES­TER are threat­en­ing four fans with bans after a laser was shone at Har­lequins play­ers dur­ing their match last Satur­day.

Quins com­plained that dur­ing their 18-16 Euro­pean Chal­lenge Cup win over the War­riors, four men in the crowd were at­tempt­ing to dis­rupt their kick­ers.

Im­ages showed a green flash across the ball as Quins fly-half Demetri Ca­trak­ilis kicked the win­ning penalty at Sixways.

Worces­ter have used CCTV to iso­late the men they be­lieve may be the cul­prits. ‘ We are work­ing closely with Har­lequins and Premier­ship Rugby to in­ves­ti­gate what is a very se­ri­ous mat­ter,’ said War­riors op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Peter Kelly.

‘We have iden­ti­fied four male spec­ta­tors who oc­cu­pied seats in the front row of the cen­tral block of the East Stand. Those seats were un­sold, which sug­gests that the four men in ques­tion had pur­chased seats else­where.

‘We have clear CCTV footage of them which we are mak­ing pub­lic in the hope that other spec­ta­tors can help us to iden­tify and trace them. If we can do that, and they are found to have used a laser to dis­tract play­ers, then they can expect to re­ceive a lengthy ban.’

Mean­while, Owen Farrell will re­turn to cap­tain Sara­cens against New­cas­tle this Satur­day, a week after the birth of his first child. Farrell, 27, missed Sar­ries’ 56-27 Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup quar­ter-fi­nal win over Glas­gow last week­end as his wife Ge­orgie gave birth to a son, Tommy.

But he is back for his first club game since Jan­uary 13 and will lead the side in the ab­sence of Brad Bar­ritt, who sprained his an­kle against Glas­gow.

Di­rec­tor of rugby Mark McCall said: ‘After the Six Na­tions the im­por­tant thing for us was that Owen was men­tally fresh and look­ing for­ward to play­ing games for us, and hav­ing not played for a cou­ple of weeks he is ab­so­lutely dy­ing to get out there.

‘It’s im­por­tant he gets a big game un­der his belt be­fore the semi-fi­nal against Mun­ster.’

Billy Vu­nipola and Jamie Ge­orge will be rested while Mako Vu­nipola could re­turn for the Bris­tol game on Satur­day week after in­jur­ing his an­kle on Eng­land duty.

BT SPORT

Green flash: a laser lights up the ball as Ca­trak­ilis pre­pares to kick

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