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Jaco Peyper downgrades 'horrific' whiplash collision to yellow card only

BY davidharper  ·  Monday Jan 31, 2022

Ulster winger Craig Gilroy was lucky to see a mere yellow card for his high shot on opposing winger Tom Rogers in Ulster’s 27-15 win over Scarlets. Referee Jaco Peyper’s decision has not aged well and has left more than a few fans scratching their heads concerning the laws of foul play.

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It’s one of the more sickening collisions you’re likely to see, due in part to Rogers’s body position when the hit was delivered. He can be seen falling to a knee to deliver a pass, before receiving a brutal shoulder to the face.

As a result, he was nearly folded in half, backward.

Somehow, Peyper chose to keep the red card tucked away, saying: “It is direct to the head, but there’s a contribution from the player, so he drops in height. So, it goes from red down to yellow.”

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Obviously, not everyone was pleased with that description.

“That is the tackle that I think everyone is trying to get away from,” said Tom Shanklin on Premier Sports.

“It’s a horrific collision, and it looks even worse in slow motion… I think Craig Gilroy doesn’t really attempt to tackle, the arm’s down by the side which it shouldn’t be. It’s lazy defence, he’s not looking where he’s hitting. I think he’s fortunate to get a yellow card. I think he’s quite lucky.”

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