The Chiefs defeated the Auckland Blues this morning in the Super Rugby championship in New Zealand but the main talking point of the game will be about the red card brandished to Blues flanker Steven Luatua.
The 41-26 victory for the Chiefs was made all the easier in the first half in Hamilton as Luatua went high on Chiefs winger Tim Nanai-Williams off the ball and right in front of the referee.
The passage of play resulted in a try for the Chiefs and following the dot down, the TMO was called into action to review the nasty incident.
Take a look.
Following a review of the footage, a red card was quickly shown to the All Black.
Since the introduction of the new high tackle rules in January, any contact above the shoulder is adjudged far more harshly than in previous years.
However, looking at the footage, even in those previous seasons, Luatua would have been very lucky to remain on the field. The fact that he was late on Nanai-Williams and appeared to stand up into the tackle makes for a very difficult argument against an early shower.
According to Rugby Heaven, Luatua has since apologised to the Chiefs winger following his ‘red mist’ moment.
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