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Sunday Oct 31, 2021

Controversial Laulala yellow card receives heavy criticism by fans and pundits

Opinion is split among fans after All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala was sent to the sin bin on Saturday for a dangerous tackle against Wales in Cardiff.

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The tighthead tackled Ross Moriarty in a double hit with Ethan Blackadder in midfield which forced the Welshman to retire from the action just before half time.

After an extensive TMO referral referee Mathieu Raynal presented Laulala with a yellow card, however fans and pundits have widely criticised the decision.

While the New Zealand commentary team suggested Moriarty carried with his head in a dangerously low position, other fans believe that both Blackadder and Laulala were at fault and deserved heavier punishment.

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All Blacks head coach Ian Foster was pleased with his side’s 16-54 win in Cardiff, saying: “I thought the first 50 minutes they [Wales] were competitive. They played with a lot of passion, they held the ball like we expected them to, ran hard, but I thought our defence was outstanding.

“We were disciplined and put them under pressure and then once we started to pick up a few turnovers and force a few weak kicks we started to get the opportunities we were looking for.”

Saturday’s Test match was also Beauden Barrett’s 100th for the All Blacks and Foster was delighted with his man of the match performance.

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Foster added: “He did what he does, and I know it’s an eternal debate back home. We’ve got two, if not three, outstanding 10s, but I think the focus should be on Beaudy right now. His 100th game and, you probably couldn’t script it better in many ways when you’re playing your 100th, and you get the opportunity to show some of your skill sets.

“He guided us through a tense time because you are always going to get that when you come up here in that first 40-50 minutes, and I couldn’t be more proud of his game.”

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