Jordie Barrett was sent for an early shower during the All Blacks' 38-21 victory over the Wallabies on the weekend.
The New Zealand fullback was shown a straight red card midway through the first half for kicking Australian star Marika Koroibete in the face while attempting to catch the ball.
While you could argue the case that it was a complete accident, the referee wasn't having a bar of it and Barrett was immediately sent off as his appeals fell on deaf ears.
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After a lofted kick from Tom Banks, All Blacks fullback Barrett was getting into position and bracing himself to take the catch and launch an attack of his own.
As the ball left Banks' foot, Koroibete gave chase and made up a huge amount of ground to put pressure on Barrett.
But when Barrett leapt high into the air, he appeared to get his timings all wrong and lifted his lead foot way too high while anticipating some sort of contact.
With Koroibete holding off to make the tackle, the studs on Barrett's right boot caught the Wallabies winger on the face pretty heavily.
Koroibete immediately went down clutching his face.
Medical staff rushed onto the pitch to give him treatment, while the referee reviewed the incident.
After consulting the television match official (TMO), wasted no time in drawing for his red card and gave Barrett his marching orders.
Barrett, clearly confused by the decision, stood with his hands on his hips before eventually making his way from the field.
Australia were unable to capitalise on their numerical advantage as New Zealand went on to secure a 38-21 win at Optus Stadium in Perth.
Even with 14 men for 20 minutes, they managed to score a try just before half-time to extend their lead.
The victory was impressive for the All Blacks, although much of the post-match chat was about the Barrett-Koroibete incident.
The kick to the face seemed to spark debate among rugby fans with some agreeing with the red card while others suggesting it was completely accidental and Barrett should have been given the benefit of the doubt.
Barrett hasn't intentionally kicked Koroibete, but you can't stick your foot out like that either.- Andrew Gourdie (@AndrewGourdie) September 5, 2021
Fark. That slow mo kick to the head is brutal. #AUSvNZL- Matt Nippert (@MattNippert) September 5, 2021
complete grub act Jordie Barrett!- Ben McKay (@benmackey) September 5, 2021
Straight red for Jordie Barrett.- Motshidisi E. Mohono (@MotshidisiM) September 5, 2021
I thought it would be yellow. Looks accidental. Alas, the law is the law.
Jordie Barrett said: pic.twitter.com/uSUbuYjAmj- Victor Sweet (Kiuga) :flag_ws: (@EatDaMulz274) September 5, 2021
Déjà vu as another Barrett red carded in Perth.- Christy Doran (@ChristypDoran) September 5, 2021
This time Jordie Barrett.
Wrong call IMO. Should have been yellow. https://t.co/w25VVJ1lqo
Jordie Barrett is red all day long. Catching a high ball does not require a karate kick to maintain balance. If it does, then rugby will have to ban catching high balls won't it.- Delme Parfitt (@delmeparfitt) September 5, 2021
For everyone saying Jordie Barrett red card was harsh because it was an accident - what's the need to raise his leg up to the horizontal after catching the ball? Necessary for balance when competing for a high ball? Genuine question. Maybe one @mikebrown_15 can explain...- Chris Foy (@FoyChris) September 5, 2021
I like Jordie Barrett.- The Loose Head (@TheLooseH) September 5, 2021
But it's a red card.
There's no debate.
I know the commentators are saying it's accidental. Knowing Jordie, maybe it is.- Nick Wasiliev (@Nick_Wasiliev) September 5, 2021
But if MK is going to get a red for hitting a French player too hard, a boot to the face by Jordie Barrett is a red card. #AUSvsNZL
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