Outrage over Wallaby's yellow card against Boks
SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT: Wallabies flank Lachlan Swinton’s yellow card during Saturday’s win over Springboks has divided the rugby community.
Having already dished out a yellow card to Springboks scrumhalf Faf de Klerk for a professional foul early in the first half, referee Mathew Carley was confronted with another disciplinary call just past the half hour mark when Springboks No.8 Duane Vermeulen fielded the ball from a re-start following a Handre Pollard penalty.
Vermeulen was hit by Wallabies blindside flank Swinton in a hard-hitting tackle that was then called on by the TMO Brett Cronan for review over whether Swinton had wrapped his arms and if he had made contact with his opponent’s head.
Replays showed contact was first made between the two players’ shoulders before Vermeulen’s and Swinton’s heads collided into each other, with Carley arguing that the latter made first made contact with the former’s shoulder.
Conan added that contact was then made between the two players’ heads, but Carley said that the tackle was never legal as he believed Swinton led with his arm by his side in shoulder charge fashion, thus failing to wrap his arms.
Carley also said that while there was shoulder-to-shoulder contact, there he said there was simultaneous head-to-head contact, and because Vermeulen was upright throughout the entire sequence of play, there were no mitigating factors working in favour of Swinton.
With that in mind, Carley announced he was going to hand Swinton a red card before Conan replayed the incident one more time and argued that the head-to-head collision was not simultaneous with the shoulder-to-shoulder contact.
That was enough to overturn Carley’s red card decision to a yellow card, but the entire saga drew the ire of fans online, many of whom disapproved the red card, while others were unhappy that Swinton was handed a card at all.
Wow… almost a red. That’s not even a yellow. What’s happened to this game.. smfh. #AUSvRSA
— jkb (@Perthkiwi3) September 18, 2021
This is a joke.
— Nick Pfitzner (@NickPfitzner) September 18, 2021
This is ridiculous. #AUSvRSA
— Matt McGoldrick (@goldust02) September 18, 2021
Shoulder on shoulder means nothing, zero foul play whatsoever #AUSvRSA
— Fergus Turner (@FergusTurner1) September 18, 2021
What a farce #AUSvRSA
— Fraze… (@TigerFraze) September 18, 2021
Rare for a TMO to talk him out of a red #AUSvRSA
— Steve Lenthall (@steve_l15) September 18, 2021
This sport has become embarrassing #AUSvRSA
— Joel Turner (@jtindahouse) September 18, 2021
Refree is ruining the game. #AUSvRSA
— Raycefus (@ronaldbrijlal) September 18, 2021
Oh this is just insanity #AUSvRSA
— Nicholas (@borednicholas) September 18, 2021
There were some Twitter users who felt that the card was justified, labelling Swinston as an ‘awful tackler’.
Good call, shoulder and head collision, fractional shoulder hits, yellow card sanction for Swinton . Boks 1 man advantageous. #AUSvRSA
— Fatima Said (@Fatie_Said) September 18, 2021
Yellow card the sensible call I think. Swinton though has tackle technique issues. He’s done this plenty of times
— G-Mac (@GreggMac11) September 18, 2021
Swinton is an awful tackler !!! the bloke flies into tackles with his arms down his side every time !! hes a danger too players that man will seriously hurt someone —- however today Yellow card was correct call
— TRW 🏴🦢 (@TRW91) September 18, 2021