The Absolutely Ridiculous Carry-On That Has Enraged The Rugby Community
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No place for it.
Australia and France brought their thrilling Test series to a close yesterday with the Wallabies securing a 2-1 series win thanks to a late 33-20 win in front of their home fans.
But the game was overshadowed by a pathetic bit of carry-on from France number eight, Anthony Jelonch, that resulted in a hugely controversial red card for Australia’s Marika Koroibete.
Jelonch lowered his height as he braced for the tackle from Koroibete, which may have been marginal at the most, but it’s his actions as soon as he felt the impact that has enraged the entire rugby community.
The Frenchman fell to the ground like a sack of spuds clutching his face, doing his very best to milk the incident and force the referee Ben O’Keefe and his assistants to give Koroibete his marching orders.
“It was terribly milked, wasn’t it?” Wallabies boss Dave Rennie said at his post-match press conference.
“He obviously feels he got some head contact and then he’s grabbed his face which is nowhere near the put of impact and then it’s delayed by five seconds.”
The worrying thing to also take away from this incident is O’Keefe is the man that will take charge of the British and Irish Lions’ second test against the Springboks in less than a fortnight.
Check out the tackle for yourself below. Truly shocking that this resulted in an early bath for Koroibete.
🔴 Controversy! 🔴
Marika Koroibete has been red-carded inside the first 5️⃣ minutes. 🤨
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) July 17, 2021