VIDEO: Did this reckless challenge on Tiernan O'Halloran warrant a red rather than a yellow?
Published 25/06/2016 | 16:32
Controversy erupted just minutes into Ireland's third test against South Africa in circumstances that would have felt very familiar to those watching.
Just like in the first test, a player was taken out by an airborne opponent, although this time there was a different decision taken by the officials.
Two weeks ago, CJ Stander saw red when he caught Pat Lambie with his hip when he attempted to block a kick. Many Irish fans felt the decision was harsh at the time, and those views would have been reinforced after what happened moments ago.
Irish fullback Tiernan O'Halloran fielded a kick beautifully before being caught be opposite number Willie le Roux in the air. The Connacht attacker landed on his neck, and it seemed that a red card would likely be forthcoming.
However, after referee Glen Jackson consulted with his TMO and touch judge, the New Zealander opted to only yellow card le Roux.
The TMO determined that O'Halloran landed on his 'upper back' rather than on his head/neck.
Many fans and journalists disagreed strongly with the decision.
Surprised at that call I have to say, based on other incidents.— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) June 25, 2016
To be fair, le Roux had eyes on the ball but nasty landing.
Bullshit.— Gavin Cummiskey (@Cumoski) June 25, 2016
Cop out. Top of back? Come on! The neck is the top of the back— Whiff of Cordite (@WhiffofCordite) June 25, 2016
Zero point in keeping eye on ball if u are then totally reckless. Has to be a red, Yet more piss poor reffing. Much more red than CJ Stander— Brendan gallagher (@gallagherbren) June 25, 2016