Absolutely a cheap shot from Papé, going in like a bleeding Morris Dancer. there’s no way his knee would come in at that height angle etc if he was approaching the maul in normal lumbering mode. The shoulders and arms do the binding, not the knees. And look how after delivering his sneaky little attack, he moves to the right and starts binding properly! how some can’t see it is frankly beyond me. a bit like the Rooney dive, I guess. As for his comments about not wanting to hurt his opponent....Please, do us a favour. Rugby is about smashing the opposition as hard as possible as often as possible. He’s got to be banned.
poor technique by Nowell though. Small guy like him is never going to stop a big lump like that. He should have let Mulipola get along side or just past him before going in and he would have avoided the impact which knackered his shoulder.