In an necessary moment that put a black mark on an otherwise great Super League final, Wigan prop Ben Flower attacked and punched his St Helens rival Lance Hohaia during Saturday’s big game.
Flower became the first player to be either sin-binned or sent off in a Super League title decider when he was shown a red card – after only two minutes – for an act of violence that shocked the 70,000 crowd at Old Trafford and millions more watching on television.
“There is no defence for my actions. It was something that happened in the heat of the moment when our emotions and adrenaline were running high,” said Flower.
“I instantly regretted it and am devastated that I allowed myself to punch someone like this.”
Check out the moment below: