The red is a tough call on Hughes, but he has to be more careful in how he plans that outcome. Players at that level are very aware of timing and he had to know he wasn't close enough to get his foot under the ball to prevent grounding. At best he'd be hoping it wasn't grounded at first and he could kick it out, but then with the ball around the head that would be extremely reckless. »
Not only to have his arm by is side like that (almost awkwardly so, I agree), but to come into a maul standing upright? He's surely a better forward than that to not know he'd have no real power stopping the momentum of the maul. »
These guys are good, good players, and if he doesn't realize he's got an opposition player who'll get under the ball before him and could likely be in the air at least 10 yards prior to contact, then the penalty/card is deserved. I might have left it to the red I guess, since he is still hoping to play the ball and it'd be insane to try and pretend to catch it in an effort at foul play - but then again, I've seen stranger things.