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Saturday Sep 18, 2021

Fans lay into Wallaby flanker after narrowly escaping red against Springboks

Wallabies flanker Lachie Swinton was shown a yellow card for an illegal tackle against the Springboks during Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash in Brisbane.

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Swinton hit Duane Vermeulen hard straight from a restart in the first half and despite referee Matt Carley initially waving play on, his TMO highlighted the collision for further review.

After taking a closer look at the incident Carley suggested a red card to Swinton for making contact with Vermeulen’s head, however the punishment was brought down to a yellow after the initial point of contact was deemed to be shoulder-on-shoulder.

Swinton’s tackle height and lack of use of his arm in contact meant a yellow card was still brandished to the big man, and the 24-year-old was actually shown red on his debut for a similar incident against the All Blacks in November last year.

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