Jean de Villiers to tackled Rene Ranger and got a one game ban, the same as Thorn. Piutau was tackled in the air last year and no one was carded at all, and btw there are clear guidelines about when in the air is penalty, yc or rc.
I recall two eye gouges on McCaw that went unpunished, both worse than the Franks one - Rougerie and McLaughlin. In terms of extra men on the field, SA fielded an extra man vs NZ two years ago after scrums went uncontested and they illegally replaced their prop. Hore was banned. He sat out a game v England and three pre season games, which is a scam but we've seen exactly the same thing when the Aussies have sat our club games in the middle of SR or the RC, clubs they've not pitched up for for years. Any other examples of protection? »