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'Blatant red card': Fans react to 'baffling' decision not to send off Glen Young

By Finn Morton
Glen Young jogs off after being sent to sin bin during an Autumn Nations Series match between Scotland and Australia at BT Murrayfield, on October 29, 2022, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Fans on Twitter have reacted to Luke Pearce’s “baffling” decision to not send off Scotland’s Glen Young after a high clean-out on Australia’s Tate McDermott.

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Flyhalf Blair Kinghorn sent the Murrayfield crowd into a frenzy just after half-time when he showcased some impressive skill to score, and they played with plenty of confidence for the next 15 minutes or so.

Kinghorn added a conversion and a penalty shortly after, and Scotland appeared to be in control of the Test when winger Duhan van der Merwe made a stunning break down the left wing.

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Scotland react to their loss to Australia rugby in the dying moments.
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Scotland react to their loss to Australia rugby in the dying moments.

While Bernard Foley made an impressive one-on-one tackle to stop the Scots from adding to their 15-6 lead, disaster struck for the hosts as Young attempted to clean out McDermott.

Speaking with the TMO, referee Luke Pearce agreed that Young had made contact with the scrumhalf’s head and come from distance, but downplayed the level of danger.

Scotland replacement Young was shown a yellow card as the TMO and Pearce agreed that he had made “a bicep connection to the face” rather than a shoulder.

Rugby fans on social media have questioned this decision, with some supporters comparing the incident to Brodie Retallick’s red card against Japan on Saturday.

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But the Wallabies may have gotten away with a red card worthy offence of their own, with some fans suggesting that Foley should’ve been sent off.

As reported yesterday, former Wallaby Justin Harrison said it was an “unacceptable” decision not to send Young off for the high shot.

Harrison, who played five Test matches against Scotland, explained that the arriving player must control their momentum when entering a breakdown.

“We hear a lot of commentary and a lot of people sitting at home saying ‘how is that attacking player supposed to move Tate McDermott away from the ball when he’s got an early position?’ What he’s supposed to do is arrest his momentum and force before the moment of impact,” Harrison told Stan Sport post-game.

“When the arriving player doesn’t do is arrest some of his momentum, correct his entry point and make sure he gets up under, scoops the arms first.

“His first point of contact is the head and that is unacceptable.”

After starting their five-game spring tour off with a tense 16-15 win over Scotland, the Wallabies face France next at Stade de France on Sunday (AEST).

Australia will then play Italy, Ireland and Wales before finishing their 2022 campaign.

 

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