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Kiwi coaches against red card

Daryl Gibson and Tom Brown have joined the bandwagon and have since back up All blacks mentor Steve Hansen in suggesting that a report system should replace red card.
Sunwolves winger Masirewa was sent off for lifting Waratahs playmaker Bernard Foley who came to the ground head first.In the early minutes,sunwolves were in the driving seat and were leading the Australian side 18-12.After the red card,the Tahs used the one man less advantage, running riot in the second half to put eight tries past the hapless Sunwolves to win the game 77-25.
“I don’t think there is any intent there it was just unfortunate,” Sunwolves coach Brown said.
“I think it was Steve Hansen said that just put players on report like they do in rugby league and play on.May be a yellow card and then if it’s serious incident then he gets suspended after the game.”
French fullback Benjamin Fall was also a victim as he was red carded just 11 minutes into the game after a mid air collision with Beauden Barrett that saw Barrett landing with his head first.Later on after the match,Steve Hansen said:
“I know it’s tough but somehow I think that we need to look at something where that can go on report.”
Waratahs coach has also echoed his fellow New Zealanders saying that an intermediary step rather than being sent off would be sensible.
“I certainly support that, the effect that it [red card] has on the game,it takes away contest,” Gibson said.
“In that instance the referee has no option. He’s following to the letter of the law and that is what he’s required to do.Having an intermediary step that’s not quite red card,give him some option sensible.”
Masirewa was slapped with a three week ban including July 30.

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