Opinion is split over the yellow card shown to Exeter lock Jonny Hill during Saturday’s Premiership semi-final against Bath.
The 26-year-old was sent to the sin bin for clearing out Welsh international Taulupe Faletau at a breakdown without using his arms just before half time.
The decision has divided fans with some agreeing with the yellow card decision and others suggesting that Hill should’ve been shown red for the incident.
— Paddy Reilly (@paddyreilly) October 10, 2020
At the time Exeter only had an eight-point lead and a red card could have given Bath an opportunity to reach the Premiership final, however Hill returned to the action five minutes after the break and helped the Chiefs to a 35-6 win at Sandy Park with a try of his own. Full match highlights are available below:
Luke Pearce has some nerve telling Bath players “Let us do our job”. Totally ruined this game as a spectacle with that shocking decision not to sent Jonny Hill off
— Ricky Harries (@RickyHarries) October 10, 2020
Jonny Hill should play for England. Even though it was illegal – the brutality of that clear out on Faletau is a reason why. #EXEvBAT
— Rupert Cox (@RupertCoxSKY) October 10, 2020
34 | Jonny Hill is in the sinbin. Horrific ‘clear-out’ at the ruck. Priestland kicks into Chiefs territory
⚫ 14-6 🛁 #EXEvBAT
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) October 10, 2020
I think Jonny Hill is fortunate. I think the group of officials are some of the best. It glanced the head, which catapulted Faletau’s head down. Still respect the decision, but it could easily have gone another way, and that is an element of his game that Hill needs to work on
— Jonathan Harris-Bass (@Jono_HB) October 10, 2020
Jonny Hill scores a try when he shouldn’t be on the pitch
— Jake Hobbs (@JakeHobbs7) October 10, 2020
Just watching Exeter game.
Jonny Hill yellow card is a shocker.
That should have been a red.ADVERTISEMENT
If Exeter were a smaller team it would have been red.
— We are Warriors (@WeAreGWarriors) October 11, 2020
Luke Pierce bottling the obvious red card Jonny Hill. Bottling at least a card initially and only giving a peno, then upgrading it to only a yellow when its clearly neck contact. Why the upgrade to yellow if its still effectively what he thought he saw first time round? #EXEvBAT
— Brian Cawley (@B1Cawley) October 10, 2020
If Farrell did this, people would be calling for a lifetime ban… I love Jonny Hill and think he should partner Itoje in England’s 2nd row, but I’ve never seen such an obvious red card/ban worthy offence that would’ve changed the semi-final. #RefBottledIt #RedCard pic.twitter.com/vtWkEhY5ft
— Thomas Makin (@tsmakin) October 10, 2020
Jonny Hill a very lucky boy! #exevbat
— Nick Auger (@NickAuger88) October 10, 2020
Nailed on yellow for Jonny Hill there. Lazy hit with absolutely no attempt to wrap which looked very uncomfortable, but contact was on Taulupe Faletau’s back rather than the neck. Fantastic officiating. #EXEvBAT #GallagherPrem
— Jack Marshall (@JackMarshall__) October 10, 2020
Disgusting call from Pearce. How the heck isn’t that a red card against Jonny Hill… anymore pressure and he would of snapped Falateau’s neck. Where’s the player welfare !? @jollygibbo #EXEvBAT #GallagherPrem @btsportrugby
— Sam Beaumont Gibbons (@SamGibbons89) October 10, 2020
It was a yellow but its a contact sport, he was trying to clear put the player not injur him, officials made the right decision and no more action will be taken.
— Andy P (@AndyisLive) October 10, 2020