Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rugby Championship: Late Armless Julian Savea tackle escapes sanction

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The hero in Napier for New Zealand was left winger Julian Savea. His two tries saw his total rise to thirty-six tries in thirty-five test match appearances. Savea, though, was penalized for tackling Argentine fullback Joaquín Tuculet without the ball. The late tackle also involved no arms making it not only illegal but also careless. In 2013 South African Bismarck Du Plessis was yellow carded for making a similar tackle on Dan Carter who, unlike Tuculet, did have the ball upon being tackled. Savea was not yellow carded and nothing further came of it. The incident left a sour taste in the mouths of Argentine rugby supporters due to Tomás Lavanini having been cited and suspended for an arguably comparable action against All Black captain Richie McCaw.

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