This Jerome Kaino Tackle On Jamie Roberts Has Really Split Opinion


The huge talking point from Saturday’s game between Bath and Toulouse at the Rec was understandably Freddie Burns’ costly error in the final moments –  but there were plenty other talking points following Toulouse’s 22-20 win.

One such talking point was the referee’s decision to show former All Black Jerome Kaino a yellow card for a challenge on Bath centre Jamie Roberts early on in the game.

Roberts ended up failing a HIA as a result of the tackle, but the reaction to the challenge has been mixed to say the least. Some feel it was a perfectly good tackle – others reckon it was a red card offence.

Kaino himself has admitted he reckons he could have got a red, while Roberts joked after the game his jaw is a “pretty sizeable target” to hit. What makes the whole thing so confusing is the hit can be interpreted in a number of different ways, depending on what angle you look at it.

It really is hard to see where exactly the contact took place initially, and the argument can be made that Roberts dips at the last minute.

Have a look at the challenge yourself below. Was it a yellow? Should it have been red? Or was it a perfectly good tackle?

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