Matthew Rees' apparent stamp not malicious - Danny Wilson

Matthew Rees
Matthew Rees leaves the field against Harlequins

Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson says there was "no malice" in the apparent stamp that saw hooker Matthew Rees sent off in the loss to Harlequins.

Ex-Wales captain Rees was dismissed after connecting with Nick Easter's head at a second-half ruck in the European Challenge Cup clash.

"There's definitely no malice in it. It looks possibly like a clumsy situation," said Wilson.

Rees will face a disciplinary hearing to determine any punishment.

But Wilson hopes the player's record will be taken into consideration.

"Matthew is not that type of player. He's a very diligent professional with an extremely positive record behind him, which hopefully will go with him when it's discussed," said Wilson.

Blues lost Wales captain and flanker Sam Warburton to a virus before kick-off.

That forced a back-row reshuffle in which Ellis Jenkins moved to open-side, but he departed because of injury after 52 minutes.

Quins went on to secure a bonus-point win.

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