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Ken Owens Sees Yellow For Dangerous Flip On Fiji Player

Ken Owens

At halftime, Wales lead Fiji 14-10 in a highly entertaining Pool D clash at the Oita Stadium. 

The Pacific Islanders raced into a 10-0 lead thanks to some typically incredible tries from Josua Tuisova and Kini Murimurivalu.

Murimurivalu’s try came just after Wales hooker Ken Owens was sent to the bin for a dangerous tackle on Edinburgh’s Viliame Mata.

Owens lifted the Fijian number eight over the horizontal and Mata landed on his back. It seems that it was the point of landing which led to Jerome Garces only opting for the yellow card but the reckless nature of the tackle could have seen Owens sent off for the remainder of the match.

From that moment, the cards kept coming. Tevita Cavubati saw yellow for a shoulder charge when attempting to clear out a ruck and it could be argued that second-row was lucky that it wasn’t red.

Josh Adams subsequently scored Wales’ opening with the man advantage and he made it a brace when Semi Kunatani also went to the bin as Fiji were pinged for conceding multiple penalties close to their own line.

Dan Biggar notched both conversions to give Wales a 14-10 lead at halftime.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter