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red card....very harsh but as many people have said if you read the law book word for word you could give a red card for this type of tackle. However in a world cup semi-final with Wales who had emphatically taken care of Ireland to reach their first world cup semi since 1987 and France who despite losing to Italy earlier in the year and Tonga in the group stages bounced back and finished of six nations champions England to reach the semi finals of yet another world cup the referee has to take the nature of the game and the importance of the game in to context. Rarely is it that I get the chance to say "rugby should take a leaf out of football's book" but in the 2010 world cup final Holland made many tackles that in a normal league game would have got a card but the referee took the importance of the game into his decision and neglected to give a red until right into extra-time for a repeat offender so as not to corrupt the result. So please whoever is reffing the Final spare a thought for the players and the fans and " think before you reach for your pocket".
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