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Friday Jun 8, 2018

That time Jebb Sinclair got red carded for running through a defender

That time Jebb Sinclair got red carded for running through a defender

This weekend sees Scotland and Canada face off against each other for the first time since their infamous meeting in Toronto four years ago, in which the Scots won 19-17. The occasion was marred late in the game by a highly controversial decision. 

It was an incredibly tight affair with the home side having a penalty opportunity to claim a shock victory with five minutes of the match remaining.

However, the Canadians had their flanker Jebb Sinclair red carded for allegedly “leading with the arm” as he attacked the Scottish defensive line.

It was a bizarre, albeit unfortunate, incident which injured Scotland replacement Ruaridh Jackson and reversed the penalty decision after referee Mike Fraser consulted his TMO.

Sinclair’s exclusion caused much debate and anger at the time and was one of the first cases of the more severe sanctions for head contact in the game.

This debate centred around the positioning of Jackson’s head in the tackle, with local commentators remarking that “the player [Jackson] put himself in a vulnerable position by trying to tackle a bigger man”, therefore making the impact appear more serious than it was.

No doubt, the Canadians felt hard done by, but they will have another chance of redemption this weekend at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

It’s a much changed Scotland squad turning out on Saturday, with both Harlequins centre James Lang and Edinburgh back-rower Jamie Ritchie making their first starts.

There is also a chance for Adam Hastings – son of Scottish legend Gavin – to debut from the bench as the Scots kick off their summer international series.

We covered the incident when it happened and plenty of discussion follow. If you’re interested in reading through some of that again, you can here or click on the Related Post 


Pat Parfrey, Jeff Hassler, Doug Fraser, Nick Blevins, DTH van der Merwe (captain), Shane O’Leary, Phil Mack; Luke Campbell, Matt Heaton, Lucas Rumball, Evan Olmstead, Paul Ciulini, Jake Ilnicki, Ray Barkwill, Noah Barker.

Replacements: Eric Howard, Djustice Sears-Duru, Cole Keith, Conor Keys, Dustin Dobravsky, Andrew Ferguson, Cole Davis, Theo Sauder.


Blair Kinghorn, Lee Jones, Chris Harris, James Lang, Bryon McGuigan; Ruaridh Jackson, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Simon Berghan, Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrist (captain), Magnus Bradbury, James Ritchie, David Denton.

Replacements: George Turner, Jamie Bhatti, Murray McCallum, Lewis Carmichael, Luke Hamilton, Ali Price, Adam Hastings, Mark Bennett.



  • dirtyflanker
    8:55 AM 11/06/2018

    Poor decision by the ref. Good carry by No6. Shocking technique from the tackler.

  • jeri
    6:10 AM 10/06/2018

    There was a straight yellow for a Frenchman in the ABs vs France game without confirming with the TMO first. There was also a yellow for Vunipola for a late go at de Klerk involving head contact. With this I wonder if there's a edict issued by world rugby to the refs to dish out a card each game at the first available opportunity

  • pgrugby
    8:02 PM 09/06/2018

    0:46 - high tackle my Richie Gray (6 Blue) to the head of Jebb Sinclair ... if anything, by the new laws that is more of a red card offense than the other. In my mind neither deserves a card, maybe a penalty to 6 Blue - but expecially if you look at 0:56 he's more trying to catch and wrap Sinclair up than a swing arm to the head motion

  • houstonian
    12:27 AM 09/06/2018

    How does the Retallick / Giteau concussion compare - could you put that up?

  • drg
    9:07 PM 08/06/2018

    Well to be least he went low...

  • alasdairduncan3
    7:09 PM 08/06/2018

    You could say that Sinclair intentionally repositioned his elbow to ensure that it contacted Jackson's head, and in that case could justify the laws of the game dictate red card. You'd be wrong, but you could say that nonetheless.

  • rdump0
    6:26 PM 08/06/2018

    Jackson should have been red carded for the worst tackling technique ever.

  • moo
    2:33 PM 08/06/2018

    Ridiculous. That is all.

  • drg
    2:33 PM 08/06/2018

    I remember this being a very harsh card... Looks like Sinclair raised his arm AFTER the contact, he may very well have braced his arm but I don't think there is anything wrong with that. To me, it looks like the Scot would have KO'd himself regardless.


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