George North sent off after horror challenge in Welsh derby
There were shocking scenes at the Liberty Stadium today as George North saw red for this horror challenge on Ashton Hewitt in today’s derby clash in Swansea.
North’s Ospreys were up against Welsh rivals Newport Gwent Dragons in an eagerly anticipated clash following the lockdown.
The incident occurred in the first fifteen minutes after a lively opening to the match.
Dragons winger Ashton Hewitt had just scored a wonderful solo try before the incident occurred off of the following restart.
see the red card offence below
Rollercoaster 10 minutes for @George_North as he scores the opener then sees red after a clumsy mid-air tackle… 🔴
— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) August 23, 2020
This really was a nasty hit.
We see as North immediately realises the severity of the collision and puts his arm up. The commentators acknowledge that North probably knows he’s going to be red-carded.
Thankfully Ashton Hewitt was able to get up and return continue on.
watch the brilliant solo try from Ashton Hewitt moments before the red carding
shows great speed and skill to escape the tackles to get @dragonsrugby first try!
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) August 23, 2020
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