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Wednesday Mar 10, 2021

Totally unnecessary shoulder charge goes un-carded in Japanese Top League

New Zealander Heiden Bedwell-Curtis got away with an unnecessary shoulder charge while playing for the Mitsubishi Dynaboars last month.

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Dynaboars were 61-7 down against Suntory Sungoliath in a Top League match with 15 minutes left on the clock when they won a penalty in an attack area of the pitch.

Bedwell-Curtis had ambitions for a quick penalty and as Sungoliath’s inside centre attempted to slow down the ball, the former Crusaders and Hurricanes number eight showed his frustration by throwing a shoulder into the 12.

Both sets of players then jumped in to start throwing handbags which forced the referee to review the incident with his TMO, and surprisingly only awarded a penalty to Sungoliath.

In the end the game finished 7-75 to Sungoliath, with All Blacks star Beauden Barrett taking 21 of the winning side’s points.

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