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Tuesday Apr 4, 2023

Leading forearm splits fans after player handed ban

On Saturday, the Lions claimed a 51-28 victory over Racing 92 at Ellis Park. It was a red card in the 18th minute that took all the headlines, however, after a leading forearm from Emmanuel Tshituka saw the back-rower sent to the stands.

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Tshituka has been issued a three-week ban for his misdemeanour.

Former Springbok player Schalk Burger felt the sending-off was soft:

“I just feel we need to be so careful with rugby, where we are going,

“We had the Freddie Steward incident, also with an elbow to the head, but sort of clumsy and messy, a player protecting himself from another one.

“This is a player carrying the ball against someone who has quite poor technique.

“You are going to bump him off. The fact that the player then gets knocked out, that’s rugby. We play a contact sport; we have to be so careful.

“For me, it was never a red card,”

The general opinion appears split:

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