New Zealand received a blow just before half-time of their clash with Australia when lock Scott Barrett was shown red for making contact with the head of Michael Hooper.
Barrett appeared to lead with his shoulder in the tackle at the breakdown and made contact with the Australian captain Hooper’s head.
The tackle was adjudged to have been dangerous by referee Jérôme Garcès who sent Barrett off after consulting with his TMO.
“He never uses his arm, he just puts his shoulder and elbow on the neck and head so it’s clearly dangerous. IT’s direct, with force, so I’ve no option it will be a red card.”
BAD BARRETT! 🛑🛑🛑
Just before HT, Scott Barrett is dealt a straight red for contact with the head of Wallabies captain Hooper.
16-12 at the break and Australia with the man advantage for the second half.
— Sky Sports Rugby (@SkySportsRugby) August 10, 2019
The Wallabies currently lead the Rugby Championship clash in Perth by 26-12 at half-time and Barrett’s dismissal will make it very difficult for Steven Hansen’s men to mount a second half comeback.
The All Blacks lock becomes the first New Zealand player to to receive a red card in a Test since Sonny Bill Williams in July 2017 against the British and Irish Lions.