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Michael Hooper has a new unwelcome record

By RugbyPass
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Australian captain Michael Hooper picked up a very unflattering record on Saturday during his sides 30-6 loss to England at Twickenham. The Wallaby flanker found himself setting the record for most yellow cards received by an international player.


When he received the card it marked Hoopers eighth yellow in 77 test caps taking him above Jamie Cudmore from Canada (43 caps), Marco Bortolami (111 caps) of Italy and South African Bryan Habana (124 caps) who all are all sitting on seven yellow cards a piece.

Hooper found himself on the wrong side of referee Ben O’Keeffe just after the half-hour mark as England were attacking the Australian line. After a succession of infringements including tackling the lifter at the lineout and collapsing a maul O’Keeffe felt he had only one option.


The flanker was not the only player in gold to receive a yellow on the day as full-back Kurtley Beale was also sent to the bin just eight minutes later.


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William 1 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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