Sunday, June 15, 2014

International Rugby: Jebb Sinclair Controversially Red Carded v Scotland

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A controversial second-half decision by referee Mike Fraser saw Canada reduced to fourteen men for the final five minutes of Saturday's home international against Scotland in Toronto. Back-rower Jebb Sinclair broke an attempted tackle and in subsequent phases the Canadians got deep ino Scotish territory and were awarded a simple kickable penalty near the 22 metre line. Fraser overturned the penalty and send Sinclair off much to the disbelief of the London Irish player, to his teammates and to the TSN television commentary team. Replays arguably established that Scotland's Ruaridh Jackson was at fault for being in a poor position to complete the tackle. Entering the tackle with his head on the wrong side of Sinclair was what enabled the incident to occur. Former Scottish captain Mike Blair slammed the decision saying that ''for me, it wasn't even a penalty against Sinclair.'' In the end the decision of Fraser cost Canada a famous victory over a Six Nations opponent.

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