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Castres lock Ryno Pieterse was sent off on Saturday afternoon against Bordeaux, for one of the worst challenges you're likely to see.
Pieterse, who moved to France last year, was playing in the Top 14 on Saturday, as the 2018 champions looked to continue their 100% start to the season.
With his side trailing 23-20 in the second half, the South African made a dreadful challenge on Bordeaux scrum half Maxime Lucu.
The visiting number nine looked to kick the ball clear with an up and under with Pieterse arriving on the scene late, high and without both his arms being wrapped.
The amount of power the lock hit his target with made the whole thing look even worse and it was simply the easiest red card to give for the referee.
An absolutely shocking tackle from Castres' Ryno Pieterse! 😬— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) September 18, 2021
You won't see many more straightforward red cards than that one 🟥 pic.twitter.com/ZD5UmAgtaw
I never get involved in Citing’s or length of ban conversations. But this was as obvious a RC you will see and well done Romain, no TMO lengthy conversations. But it has to now be followed by a very very lengthy ban. https://t.co/oh2r1DGu2A— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) September 18, 2021
Try explaining this to a parent who's child wants too/is playing rugby! I am a huge rugby fan but this makes me embarrassed to be one.— Michael Tobin (@sociable_mike) September 19, 2021
See ya next year— Tom Shanklin (@TomShanklin) September 18, 2021
SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR! Bah gawd King, he is broken in half! https://t.co/iQ1sgWZAVL— Jack (@JackRalston) September 18, 2021
"Nothing wrong with that, timing's a bit off. Game's gone soft."— Iain Hay (@iainhay82) September 19, 2021
Since when has torpedoing yourself head first into a tackle been a coached technique?
If he "mistimes" that tackle a touch later he's fracturing skulls. It is beyond reckless. https://t.co/l14pAuHWtc
The Castres forward took to social media after the game to apologise for the tackle, "I would like to apologise to Maxime Lucu for my gesture yesterday," Pieterse said on Instagram.
"I didn't master my tackle and I'm sincerely sorry. As I told you after the game, I'm really happy that you're okay Maxime. Good luck for the rest of the season."
The scrum half was substituted at the time but said after the game, "Everything is fine! Still standing," but the lock can still expect a lengthy ban.
Castres did get back into the game and scored a penalty after being reduced to 14 men to make it 23-23, which is how the game finished.
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