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Saturday May 8, 2021

All Blacks hooker gets lucky escape with yellow after taking out Chiefs star Damian McKenzie

All Blacks and Crusaders hooker Codie Taylor received a yellow card during Saturday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa final against the Chiefs for taking out Damian McKenzie in the air.

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The fellow All Black and Chiefs full back leapt high to catch a long overthrow at a lineout in the second half in Christchurch when Taylor took out his legs in the air.

Despite pulling out of the challenge almost immediately, McKenzie did a full summersault and landed on his back.

After a lengthly review, referee Ben O’Keeffe showed Taylor a yellow card for the incident which in the northern hemisphere may well have been a red.

In the end the Crusaders won the match 24-13 to earn back-to-back Super Rugby Aotearoa titles and full match highlights are available below:

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