Clip 3 - 6 December 2017 - Law 10

Red card.

Scotland kick off.

Sean McMahon of Australia gathers the ball and charges forward. Simon Berghan (3) of Scotland tackles McMahon with help from Hamish Watson who stays crouched at the tackle. The first Australian to arrive is Sekope Kepu. Kepu adjusts his body and dives forward in such a way that his shoulder makes forceful contact with Watson's head.

The referee consults the TMO who produces replays. The referee then calls Kepu to him and shows him a red card.

What Kepu does is illegal on three counts.

(i) Law 10.4 (h) A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without use of the arms, or without grasping a player.

(ii) Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling. A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.
Sanction: Penalty kick

A player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponent’s neck or head is dangerous play.
Sanction: Penalty kick

Playing a player without the ball is dangerous play.
Sanction: Penalty kick

(iii) Law 15.7 Forbidden practices
(c) No player may fall on or over the players lying on the ground after a tackle with the ball between or near to them.
Sanction: Penalty kick

It was clearly the right decision.

The safety of players remains a priority for referees.

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