Red cards in particular have a way of leaving teams more than just short of breath when they permanently lose a player.
London Irish had two players who saw red against the Stormers. Ben Loader was banished after a tackle in which there was head-on-head contact with Manie Libbok, while Ciaran Parker was sent off after a dangerous clear-out on Deon Fourie.
While Dobson concedes rugby collisions, as was the case in the former incident, fall in a grey area, the shudder of grey matter, violent or otherwise, is deeply frowned upon by the game’s lawmakers.
Players being “cleaned out” at the ruck can enjoy greater protection from the laws, Dobson
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