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Watch horrendous rugby tackle which is branded ‘common assault’… but player escapes with yellow

THIS is the “criminal” rugby tackle that was branded “common assault” – but which resulted in the player being given only a yellow card.

The sickening challenge came in Wales‘ game against New Zealand in the U20s World Championship.

 The New Zealand U20s star leads into the Wales player with his shoulder and makes no attempt to bind

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The New Zealand U20s star leads into the Wales player with his shoulder and makes no attempt to bind

Dragons full-back Ioan Davies was leaping up to take the high ball when All Blacks sub Samipeni Finau came charging at him in the 48th minute.

Davies takes the catch but Finau leads in with his shoulder straight into his opponent’s head.

The Kiwi brute makes no attempt to bind his arms around Davies, who is so rocked by the collision it looks like his head is going to come off.

Incredibly, the reckless challenge was deemed only a sin-bin offence.

English referee Christopher Ridley gave Finau the benefit of the doubt because Davies was dropping downwards as a result of jumping for the catch.

Social media users were stunned at the relatively minor punishment for such an offence.

One wrote: “Jeez. That is common assault.”

Another replied: “GBH more like!”

One comment read: “Can the referee be sent off for gross incompetence? Absolute shocker.”

A fellow viewer posted: “Occasioning actual bodily harm.”

 

While one posted simply: “Criminal.”

One wasn’t buying it, though, and wrote: “Must be Union because a good old tackle in League ya soft Jessies.”

There was justice, however, as Wales went onto win the game 8-7 courtesy of a last-minute penalty courtesy of Cai Evans in Rosario, Argentina.

 Finau escaped with just a yellow

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Finau escaped with just a yellow





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