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12th Oct 2019

TWEETS: Irish Fans React To Bundee Aki’s Red Card Against Samoa

James Fenton

It was all going so well.

Ireland came into today’s Rugby World Cup clash with Samoa in need of a bonus point victory in order to clinch a quarter-final spot. It was all going rather swimmingly with three tries helping Joe Schmidt’s men to a 26-5 lead until it all went a bit pear-shaped in the 28th minute when Bundee Aki charged at UJ Sueuteni.

The referee appeared in no doubt that it was a dangerous tackle and showed Aki a red card, ruling him out of Ireland’s quarter-final New Zealand or South Africa. If you haven’t seen the incident, you can judge for yourself below:

While the decision is of course unwelcome, Irish fans are divided as to whether it was merited…

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Rugby World Cup protocol means that Aki should have a hearing in a couple of days time but if that doesn’t go well our task next week will be all the more difficult.

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