Scotland blow as Duhan van der Merwe at risk of missing Six Nations match with Italy

Gregor Townsend could be without the services of Duhan van der Merwe for Scotland’s Six Nations match with Italy after the winger was sent off for his club, Worcester.

Duhan van der Merwe of Worcester Warriors is tackled during the Gallagher Premiership match between London Irish and Worcester Warriors at Brentford Community Stadium on March 05, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
Duhan van der Merwe of Worcester Warriors is tackled during the Gallagher Premiership match between London Irish and Worcester Warriors at Brentford Community Stadium on March 05, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

The 43-12 defeat from London Irish sent them bottom of the Gallagher Premiership table, but could prove even costlier for van der Merwe who was adjudged to have struck Kyle Rowe with an elbow while fending off a second-half tackle with the score poised at 24-5.

Sign up to our Rugby Union newsletter

Commentators, and fans on social media were split on the decision but referee Jack Makepeace could be heard discussing a “forearm to the face” following the incident. The South African-born Scottish international could now face a further punishment with a red card automatically resulting in a further disciplinary citing.

Further penalty would certainly be a blow to Gregor Townsend’s plans. van der Merwe has played in all three games in the competition so far, scoring a try in the 17-26 defeat to France last month.

Get a year of unlimited access to all The Scotsman's sport coverage without the need for a full subscription. Expert analysis of the biggest games, exclusive interviews, live blogs, transfer news and 70 per cent fewer ads on Scotsman.com - all for less than £1 a week. Subscribe to us today

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.