A Lot Of People Reckon Australia Should Have Seen Red For This Dangerous Tackle
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Australia fought back against a resilient Fiji side this morning to claim a 39-21 win in their opening Rugby World Cup game, but the result was not without controversy.
With just over 25 minutes gone Fiji led the game 11-7, largely thanks to openside Peceli Yato, who scored their first try and ran absolute riot in the opening quarter. Australia simply couldn’t handle him.
But his game was cut short as a result of a high, no-arms tackle by Wallabies winger Reece Hodge that a lot of people think should have been a red card. In the ITV studio after the game, former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio reckons Australia should have been down to 14 men.
“It’s very clear. You look at where the contact is made.” Dallaglio said
Have a look for yourself below.
Spot on. Hodge should’ve been carded for that hit on Yato. https://t.co/TaE6WTWIwl
— Tom Hamilton (@tomhamiltonespn) September 21, 2019
Under World Rugby's own guidelines we should have had two red cards in the opening two games.
The officials have ignored both incidents.#RugbyWorldCup19
— rugby (@theblitzdefence) September 21, 2019
Shoulder to the head. No arms. Fiji’s best player concussed and sidelined. 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/XaQiUdHaQe
— David Flatman (@davidflatman) September 21, 2019