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All Blacks v France red card that left rugby fans stunned is dismissed by World Rugby
French full-back Benjamin Fall’s actions have been ruled ‘accidental’
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The controversial red card which saw France’s Benjamin Fall dismissed from Les Bleus’ match with New Zealand on Saturday has been cancelled.
The All Blacks claimed a series victory with a game to spare by beating Jacques Brunel’s side 26-13 in Wellington after thrashing the team 52-11 a week earlier.
But the match in Wellington on Saturday was marred with controversy as France were forced to play most of the game with just 14 men after French fullback Fall was sent off following a collision with New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett in the air.
The challenge left Barrett concussed, and Australian referee Angus Gardner gave Fall his marching orders.
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OPINION: Things didn’t go exactly to plan for many participants in the second test in Wellington last weekend. France had Benjamin Fall sent off, and as they vented their rage of that injustice on the All Blacks, the game became a terrible spectacle for the locals.
The fact referee Angus Gardner later had his reputation singed by World Rugby, who said he was wrong to red card Fall, added the final hairy wart to what was a sorry saga. That’s enough of the moaning though! Time to move on.
France were greeted by a chilly southerly as they arrived in Dunedin to prepare for the third and final test of the series at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night, but the sight of the roof over the ground should have warmed their spirits. With a dry ball and a firm ground guaranteed, there is potential for this test to earn a triple-star rating. Here’s hoping.
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Aaron Smith (left) and TJ Perenara have been named as the two halfbacks for the third and final test against France in …
Aaron Smith (left) and TJ Perenara have been named as the two halfbacks for the third and final test against France in Dunedin.
FIVE THINGS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT
1 The Sonny and Jack show will be worth keeping an eye on. New Zealand has a remarkable ability to pump-out quality midfielders and wings, with Jack Goodhue one of the latest to tumble off the assembly line.
Sonny Bill Williams is one of the old guard. We all know what he is capable of if everything clicks.
Goodhue, a member of the golden breed that Super Rugby teams keep producing, is cut from a different mould. A sound distributor with an awareness of how to put the ball in front of his wings, he is also a very good defender.