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Watch: Sunwolves Back Receives Red For Reckless Shoulder Charge On Opponents Head

Although the Sunwolves lost 27-20 against the Chiefs in Waikato – they can be proud of their achievement as they secured their very first bonus-point on New Zealand soil. 

The Japanese side were 27-10 down at one stage but they did very well to come back in the second half as they scored a converted try through Derek Carpenter and a penalty from Jamie-Jerry Tualagi.

Taulagi entered the fray at the end of the first half as he replaced Teruya Goto.

He helped his side to an unlikely losing bonus point by kicking a conversion and two penalties, however, that performance has now seemed to come at a cost as the 23-year-old received a red card in the dying moments of the game for a reckless shoulder charge on the head of Shaun Stevenson.

It’s completely deliberate from Taulagi and we must admit it is incredibly reckless and dangerous.

Taulagi received an original ban of six weeks but due to Taulagi’s guilty plea, remorse and on-field apology – the ban was reduced by a week to five.

As a result, Tualgi won’t be able to play for the Sunwolves until June 10.

The next match in which he will be available will be the Sunwolves’ clash against the Lions in Johannesburg.

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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