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Did Anton Lienert-Brown Influence Fall Red Card Incident?

It’s fulltime at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington and the All Blacks have emerged 26-13 winners after an entertaining Test match. 

With that victory, the All Blacks have clinched the series but for the second week in a row, the game swung on a red card received by a French player.

After 12 minutes, Benjamin Fall received a straight red card as he made contact with Beauden Barrett in the air. The All Blacks out-half landed on his head which resulted in Fall and Barrett leaving the field for the remainder of the match (Barrett failed his HIA).

There are many views on the incident but one which is beginning to emerge is the role of Anton Lienert-Brown in the build-up.

Viewers have noticed that Lienert-Brown gives Fall a nudge before the Frenchman competes for the ball with many believing that it proved detrimental to Fall’s attempted jump.

When Fall is cited for the incident, Lienert-Brown’s role in the incident may be used a mitigating factor to reduce Fall’s potential ban.

Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter

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