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Horror Tackle Leads To Easiest Red Card Decision In Rugby Union

Ryan Sidle

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Horror Tackle Leads To Easiest Red Card Decision In Rugby Union

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.

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.

Featured Image Credit: Premier Sports

Topics: Rugby Union, Rugby, France, Bordeaux

Ryan Sidle
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