WATCH: NZ Maori Lock Smashes USA Scrumhalf With ‘Rock Bottom’ Tackle
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The big talking point over the weekend was Owen Farrell’s controversial tackle on Springbok André Esterhuizen, but an equally thumping tackle by New Zealand Maori lock Pari Pari Parkinson has caused quite a stir down south.
An ugly body slam of a tackle on USA scrumhalf Shaun Davies which caused the halfback to leave the field for a head injury assessment from which he didn’t return.
Parkinson however, escaped with just a yellow card, but many feel he should have perhaps received a stricter sanction, with former England prop Alex Corbisiero among those who felt he should have seen red.
Can someone explain to me how this wasn’t a red card? USA v Maori on Saturday? Player concussed and off for rest of the match. https://t.co/N0WZc2LHqn
— Alex Corbisiero (@AlexCorbs) November 5, 2018
The tackle has been compared to a ‘Rock Bottom’ by WWE star The Rock, and has raised all kinds of questions. World Rugby law states if you pick a player up you must bring him back down to the ground safely – something which clearly doesn’t happen here.
It also could have been a lot worse if if it were not for the NZ Maori prop protecting his fall. Have a look below yourself. Thumping tackle or red card offence?