You will have to take my word for it when I say that I am trying fully to endorse Purebob's shrewd comment about partiality.
As for Clark, what is the point of agreeing or disagreeing with me? You only draw attention to your own one-eyed-ness.
Ask yourself: if you were completely neutral, could you say there would be any furore over Clark's actions if he had not injured Hawkins so severely? Was it deliberate? Was it accidental? Did he hear the whistle?
Then ask yourself: Did Youngs deliberately try to knee Gibson in the chest and punch his lights out? What would be your reaction if he had severely injured him?
There is a spectrum of intent and outcome, from trying to clear a ruck in the 'heat of battle'* and - at the other extreme - trying to maim somebody. I don't pretend to know the answer, but for goodness' sake, we'll have plenty to argue about after 14 April, so let's park this for now.
Cockerill quote - [www.planetrugby.com
Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs, who left the field with a minor shin injury in the second half, could be cited after he appeared to knee an opponent deliberately while he was on the ground.
Exiles coach Toby Booth said the England number nine's actions were "unnecessary" but Cockerill believes Young's actions were not intentional.
"It was in the heat of the battle," he said...
*I could agree with you - but then we'd both be wrong...*