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Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Sorry that should read; the closest touch judge did not have line of sight

2 Years, 6 Months ago

Sam Warburton red card in Rugby World Cup Semi Final

Correct and brave decision by one of the games best refs. Alain was in perfect position to see the incident real time and not only make the correct decision but remained calm and did not let the occasion sway his judgment. He did not need to call on his assistant referee's advice because the closest touch judge did line of sight on the incident and the other was on the far side of the pitch.

Granted that it was not ideal that this incident occurred in the Semi-final but the ref is there to ref the incidents that occur and to be impartial as to the occasion and teams.

Sam lifted Clerc's hips and legs above his (Clerc's) shoulders and dropped him on his shoulders and neck. The rules are there in Black and White, the IRB backed AR and even Sam and the WRFU aren't disputing the decision.

Finally to all those blaming AR for the Welsh loss, SJ made poor decisions for three drop goal opportunities. A) Trying one from his weak foot brave but should have moved the ball or taken contact and reset. B) being in perfect drop goal territory and deciding to run the ball resulting in a knock on. C) not having the stones to try it from the 10m line when it really mattered in the dying minutes.

Hard luck to Wales it would of been great to have you in the final. Well done AR for sticking to your guns.

2 Years, 6 Months ago

 
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