VIDEO: Crazy penalty against attacking team for 'causing' high tackle
WATCH as seasoned referee Wayne Barnes stirs up a storm by penalising the attacking team for ‘causing’ a high tackle against them
Barnes, in charge of the Premiership encounter between defending champions Harlequins and the table-topping Leicester Tigers, ruled that Quins No.8 Alex Dombrandt was to blame for the high tackle of Tigers lock Calum Green and Quins prop Joe Marler.
Barnes ruled that Green had – as a result of Dombrandt’s actions – had no chance of avoiding the headshot.
What had often been red or yellow cards against defending players – contact with the head of a ball carrier – on Saturday became a penalty against the attacking team.
Alex Dombrandt penalised here for pushing Joe Marler into contact 🤔
The headshot from Green is made irrelevant as World Rugby want to clamp down on players pushing their teammates into contact!
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) April 23, 2022