I don't mind a penalty but a card was a bit harsh. He's clearly jumping for the ball, and you can't try and penalize that out of the game. So long as it's two players in the air challenging for the ball, it should be a fair contest - it doesn't matter that one was being boosted and was higher. Otherwise, what can a player chasing a kick do? Would they have to concede the catch and automatically defend? I'd like to see more responsibility put on the boosters' shoulders in open play like this to ensure he comes down safely, or maybe they stop boosting in open play altogether.
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. »