Video evidence provided of red card double standard in Dublin
An Italian rugby account on Twitter has drawn people’s attention to an apparent double standard in refereeing in the wake of Italy’s loss to Ireland in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
Italy replacement Hame Faiva’s red card for a obvious high tackle on Irish hooker Dan Sheehan saw the hooker given his marching orders after just 20 minutes.
As Italy still had to put eight men in each scrum, even though they didn’t have to contest, they had only five backs to defend Ireland’s seven at each setpiece. The enormous advantage enabled Ireland to wrap up the bonus point by halftime.
Italian Rugby Player Abroad Tweeted: “I just keep wondering why the TMO failed to make the ref assess this hit. Surely inconsistent given the previous decision in the same match.”
I just keep wondering why the TMO failed to make the ref assess this hit.
Surely inconsistent given the previous decision in the same match.#IREvITA #GuinnessSixNations #SixNations #SeiNazioni pic.twitter.com/0M4X6QZZR6
— Italian Rugby Players Abroad (@italiansrugby) February 27, 2022
Baird clearly hits the Italian 22, Alessandro Fusco, with an upright tackle, his shoulder making contact with the head of the Benetton back. For all the world to see, it was effectively a carbon copy of Faiva’s hit on Sheehan.
Baird’s tackle aside, the red card for Faiva and the 13-man chaos that ensued killed off the contest.
Alex Payne suggests that an orange card system could well in similar circumstances, writing: “Was Faiva’s red card foul play or poor technique? If it’s the latter, does that warrant a permanent disadvantage? Reckon this game may well advance the cause of the Orange card. Offending player sent off, but another player can return after 20mins. As you were…”
Was Faiva's red card foul play or poor technique? If it's the latter, does that warrant a permanent disadvantage?
Reckon this game may well advance the cause of the Orange card. Offending player sent off, but another player can return after 20mins. As you were…
— Alex Payne (@AlexPayneTV) February 27, 2022
Another account pointed out that Faiva’s tackle technique is problematic in general. Analyst Brett Igoe tweeted a quick breakdown of his tackles leading up to his red card. “A look at Hame Faiva’s tackles before his red card. Very high target focus. needs to adapt his technique or he’ll see more red cards/cause himself a serious injury.”
A look at Hame Faiva's tackles before his red card. #IREvITA . Very high target focus. needs to adapt his technique or he'll see more red cards/cause himself a serious injury. pic.twitter.com/9KnFlPAKjr
— Brett Igoe (@brettruganalyst) February 28, 2022
“I thought they did really well with 13 men, it was very sloppy at times from us but a good result in the end,” man of the match Josh van der Flier said in a pitchside interview.
Ireland probably could have further passed the French on points difference in a game with little else to gain bar getting some experience into players such as Carbery, who started ahead of fit-again captain Johnny Sexton.
– additional reporting AAP
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