Fans, referees, and players have yet to get fully acquainted with World Rugby’s latest tackle directives.
The game between the Exeter Chiefs and Saracens last weekend saw Richard Barrington sent off for a high tackle on Geoff Parling, a red card that was subsequently rescinded, as Brad Barritt’s initial challenge sent the England lock falling in the direction of the prop’s shoulder.
Indeed, in the end, it was Barritt who received a ban for the tackle and not the unfortunate Barrington.
Barrington red carded, Barritt avoids sanction. pic.twitter.com/HtSJwe9Y7n
— The Pen (@thepenGW) January 7, 2017
The new directives mean that any contact with an opponent’s head or face could result in at least a penalty. Something Delon Armitage learned during Lyon’s encounter with Bordeaux Begles in the Top 14 on January 30.
The former England winger was sent to the sin-bin after appearing to hand off Bordeaux’s Baptiste Serin. However, upon closer inspection, both the TMO and referee agreed that Armitage led with his elbow.
While Armitage’s attempted handoff may have been a little clumsy in that his arm was not straight and his hand didn’t impact upon Serin’s chest, there was very little intent shown by the 33-year-old.
Nevertheless, Armitage received a two-week ban for the incident.
— EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) January 1, 2017
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