‘Worst tackle I’ve ever seen’ stuns rugby

The rugby world is calling for a monster ban for a French rugby player who laid out an opponent with a horrific hit overnight.

You can’t get more of a straight red card than this.

While the Wallabies-Springboks encounter in Brisbane last night featured yet another yellow or red card debate there was no question about the sending off of Castres player Ryno Pieterse during a Top 14 clash overnight.

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Pieterse was given a red card for a brutal late tackle which has been described as one of the worst tackles ever.

Pieterse hit Bordeaux-Begles halfback Maxime Lucu in a no-arms late tackle after Lucu had kicked a clearance.

The former Bulls lock had only been on the field for 13 minutes after coming on as a second half replacement.

Referee Romain Poite took little time to decide which card to pull out.

Former top referee Nigel Owens said that Pieterse should face a long suspension.

“I never get involved in Citing’s or length of ban conversations. But this was as obvious a RC you will see and well done Romain, no TMO lengthy conversations. But it has to now be followed by a very lengthy ban,” he said on Twitter.

Social media erupted over the incident.

Reporter Steph Brawn tweeted: “This is the worst red card incident I’ve ever seen. Ever. Absolutely horrific.”

Welsh squash player Scott Fitzgerald invoked the rules where a red carded player could be replaced after 20 minutes, saying that this was so bad they shouldn’t have been able to replace Pieterse.

“Got there as soon as I could ref! The new red card rule comes in to place, then they have to bring in an “In the middle” card colour. I.e orange for unintentional sending off offence allowing a sub after 20 mins, but this has to be a red and 1 man down for the match.”

Head of Public Sector Innovation Strategy at Innovate UK Ian Brotherson said: “That has to be the worst ‘tackle’ I have ever seen. That really was an assault” while another fan said: “That’s not a tackle, that’s attempted murder”.

Despite the red card, Castres kicked a late penalty to earn a 23-23 draw.

This story first appeared in the New Zealand Herald and was republished with permission.

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