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Originally posted by Seagultaf Seagultaf wrote:

Steward leaped into the air for some inexplicable reason when he was tacking a player who had just picked up a bouncing ball. He no arms shoulder charged him, hitting the tackled player directly in the head with considerable force resulting in him failing a head injury assessment. 
The only time I have seen anything similar on a rugby field not red carded was Tipuric on Johnny McNicholl the first game of this season.
If he had made an attempt to wrap his arms in the tackle, maybe he would have got away with a yellow, but he didn't, so a red was the only option.

My thoughts exactly. Not intentional, but no attempt to wrap or avoid contact; elbow directly to head; 'victim' fails HIA.

A red all day under the current laws. If anyone doesn't like it - get the laws changed.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Eastern outpost Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 March 2023 at 1:49pm
Sometimes it takes a brave top class ref to interpret something like this in line with the spirit of the game and not slavishly in line with a rigid protocol that might be fine for most actions but not for all.

Then, the different interpretation can drive good change.
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