Pros give their verdict on the Piers Francis tackle that could have been the quickest ever red card

first_imgFriday Sep 27, 2019 Pros give their verdict on the Piers Francis tackle that could have been the quickest ever red card Piers Francis almost had the shortest debut in Rugby World Cup history in England’s match against the USA on Thursday. In fact, it would have been the shortest appearance ever in a RWC match when he collided with Will Hooley in the very first tackle of the match, making contact with his head.ADVERTISEMENTHigh tackles have undoubtedly been the most debated topic of the RWC so far, and it only took five seconds before there was another tackle that was added to the catalogue of controversial hits at this year’s tournament. The referee Nic Berry missed it on that occasion, but there are expected to be ramifications.In light of the tackle, former and current professionals have had their say, and what should be the outcome. Jamie Roberts was one to point out if Australia’s Reece Hodge’s three-week ban set the standard at this RWC, Francis should expect the same punishment.Both Francis’ and Hodge’s tackles are comparable, although Hooley had dipped into the tackle slightly more than Peceli Yato had, and it could be argued that Francis initially hit the shoulders and slid up.Then again, the Northampton Saints centre was coming in at a greater speed, and it could therefore be deemed to be more reckless. What does come across is that neither player showed any malice, if that does count for anything.ADVERTISEMENTFormer Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell, who has been very critical of the decision to ban Hodge, posed the question on Twitter as to what Francis should expect, and another three-week ban seems to be the verdict.Hodge was initially banned for six weeks, but it was halved based on his character and record, so the same should be expected for Francis.https://twitter.com/drew_mitchell/status/1177187563380994049Citing no doubt 3 weeks— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) September 26, 2019There were a couple of incidents in this match that were missed, although John Quill’s heinous challenge to the head of Owen Farrell was not. The flanker saw red, and it is highly unlikely that he will play again at this tournament, as he’s just been suspended for three weeks.ADVERTISEMENTWith the tournament not even a week old, there have already been three suspensions to date, which suggests this could be the defining feature of this year’s RWC.Francis will face a discplinary hearing at a date yet to be determined. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img