Steve Hansen says contact ‘sometimes unavoidable’ as All Blacks get two yellow cards | Rugby Union News

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had no issues with yellow cards being given to two of his gamers of their 71-9 victory over Namibia of their match on Sunday, however reminded World Rugby that typically “contact was unavoidable”.

The All Blacks overcame a sloppy first 30 minutes in opposition to the lowest-ranked facet on the World Cup to run in 11 tries and transfer to the highest of Pool B forward of the ultimate sport in opposition to Italy subsequent Saturday in Toyota City.

New Zealand, nonetheless, had props Nepo Laulala and Ofa Tuungafasi sin-binned by referee Pascal Gauzere for prime tackles, despite the fact that each Namibian gamers had been falling when contact occurred, which probably saved Hansen’s gamers from a possible crimson.

“I thought the two yellow cards were fair under the guidelines,” Hansen advised reporters at Tokyo Stadium.

“But it’s robust when a participant is falling and you might be dedicated, (as a result of) then there are going to be instances while you make connection and I’m undecided how one can keep away from that.

“I suppose that’s the reason they’ve allowed for the mitigating circumstances and it solely turns into yellow card.”

World Rugby has cracked down on making contact with the top on the match and took the weird step of admonishing their very own officers following the primary weekend of matches after a number of incidents went unpunished.

Since then three gamers, John Quill of the United States, Uruguay’s Facundo Gattas and Argentina’s Tomas Lavanini have all been despatched off for harmful tackles involving contact with the top.

While groups have all spoken about particularly coaching to decrease their goal heights when making tackles, Hansen stated there have been instances the place contact with the top was purely unintended.

“It is troublesome for the time being,” Hansen added. “The powers that be are asking us all to tidy it up and I suppose every group is doing their finest, however typically there are circumstances which might be nearly unavoidable.

“Unfortunately that is where the game is at the moment.”


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