Rugby world split by hugely controversial call in England match
Probably the main event of the first half in England’s second Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday was the yellow card shown to winger Izaia Perese.
The winger was shown yellow by referee Andrew Brace for an intentional knock on, but that is a verdict that has proven to be quite controversial online.
He definitely did knock it on with one hand, and that usually puts a player in hot water, but many people have argued that it was in an attempt to catch the ball. He does aim to grab hold of it, but the damage was probably done by the one handed attempt.
This has sparked a debate online, although the side people are falling on seems to depend on what country they support.
However, had Perese not knocked the ball on, England winger Tommy Freeman was in a lot of space. There is no guarantee that he was going to score a try, but it did look likely. Therefore, if it was a yellow card, there is a case that it could easily have been a penalty try as well.
Take a look at the yellow card:
YELLOW CARD – AUSTRALIA! 🟨
Perese went for the interception but he’s deemed to have deliberately knocked the ball on resulting in a 10 minute sin bin.
— Sky Sports Rugby Union (@SkySportsRugby) July 9, 2022
15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 11 caps)
14. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 40 caps)
13. Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
12. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 95 caps)
11. Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 11 caps)
9. Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
1. Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 37 caps)
2. Jamie George (Saracens, 67 caps)
3. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 21 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 57 caps)
5. Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 13 caps)
6. Courtney Lawes (C) (Northampton Saints, 94 caps)
7. Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 28 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 62 caps)
16. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 35 caps)
17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 68 caps)
18. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 3 caps)
19. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 3 caps)
20. Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 12 caps)
21. Jack Willis (Wasps, 3 caps)
22. Danny Care (Harlequins, 85 caps)
23. Henry Arundell (London Irish, 1 cap) *apprentice player