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WATCH: Duhan van der Merwe red card vs London Irish

by Giga
Worcester Warriors and Scotland wing Duhan van der Merwe hit with three-week ban after sending off during Worcester's defeat at London Irish in the Premiership on Saturday - where he was punished for a leading forearm in the carry; will miss Six Nations Tests vs Italy, Ireland

Worcester Warriors and Scotland wing Duhan van der Merwe hit with three-week ban after sending off during Worcester’s defeat at London Irish in the Premiership on Saturday – where he was punished for a leading forearm in the carry; will miss Six Nations Tests vs Italy, Ireland

Fans have raged online about the decision, saying it was simply a hand-off. Here are some of the comments on Twitter from those who thought it was not a red:

“Legitimate handoff that. Poor tackling technique.”

“Oh dear…really? Not funny but thats a hand off slightly mistimed. How is that red?”

“Interesting one. I don’t believe it’s not a penalty. I also don’t believe it’s a red card. Yellow card (or just penalty) for me.”

“The games going soft – No ways in hells that is a red. Is it even a penalty.”

Here are some from those that think it was a red:

“It’s about changing player behaviour. We had all this “going soft” nonsense over players taking out in the air. Consistent application of the law, you hardly ever see it happen dangerously now. This will be the same.”

“The way you know it wasn’t ‘just a hand-off’ is that he doesn’t touch him with his hand.”

“Red card at every level of rugby. Primary school, varsity cup, currie cup, world cup.”

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