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The Chiefs and Highlanders kicked off the 2019 Super Rugby season today in NZ and it wasn’t long until controversy kicked in. 65 minutes.

Highlanders coach Aaron Mauger after Round 1 has already came out and said he’ll be checking in on the rule book following a controversial red card for his side in the opening round in Hamilton.

Replacement, Sio Tomkinson had just entered the play a matter minutes before he was in the bad books following a hit on Chiefs captain Brodie Retallick. The All Black Row was left flat on his back for some time before eventually getting to his feet and slowly leaving the field of play.

The incident went unnoticed by referee Glen Jackson until the TMO alerted him. Following a review Glen Jackson said “You made no attempt whatsoever to wrap him, you have used your shoulder and it’s direct to the head”.

Have a look at the hit yourself and let us know what you think?

Luckily for the visitors, the dismissal didn’t end up costing them the match with the Highlanders fighting back late to win 30-27 (Match Highlights below)

Speaking after the match Mauger said;

“It seemed a little bit cloudy, the conversation at the start, So we’ll have to go back and have a look through the laws and make sure our interpretation of what’s going on there is bang on, and have a look at the video.”

“I’ve got a pretty disappointed Sio Tomkinson in the changing shed, because he felt like he let the team down – a big moment for a young guy like that, so we’ll make sure we put the support around him, and make sure we’re really clear on what we can and can’t do in those moments.”

Speaking after the game, Chiefs coach Colin Cooper didn’t have an update on Retallick’s health, after the second-rower told Sky his neck was a “bit stiff”, but could understand why the red card was issued.

“The head is really important, I think the game is going to go hard in that area,” he said. “So the judiciary on the red card is what’s going to happen [for incidents like that].”

Match Highlights:

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New Zealand Rugby Sides Facing Pay Cuts

New Zealand Rugby are preparing for the possibility of having to cut wages following the outbreak of the coronavirus



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New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association chief executive Rob Nichol has admitted that there is a possibility of pay cuts among Super Rugby sides with the league in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Over the weekend it was confirmed that Super Rugby would be suspended due to the coronavirus and there is a fear that the competition may not be completed this year. 

Speaking on the situation, Nichol told Stuff that New Zealand’s five Super Rugby side are preparing for the worst. 

“As it stands right now, things are kind of status quo. But we are not naive. We know there is going to be a commercial impact, we know we will have to sit around the table and work with the other stakeholders and be a part of the solution. And get things on an even keel once we understand what we are really dealing with,” he said. 

There are a number of options over the remainder of the season being put forward, with only “derby matches” being played one of the possibilities. 

That would mean a number of matches not being played and a loss in matchday revenue for the respective teams, but Nichol is ready for whatever happens as long as the people are looked after. 

“Whatever we decide to do, it will be that kind of team approach. We know there is going to be commercial ramifications but first of all we will be doing what is right for the people,” he added. 

There is no certainty over what is going to happen in the coming weeks and months, but the ramifications could be huge and Nichol finished by stating that however this ends all sides will work their hardest to make the most of a bad situation with clubs heading into the unknown at this moment in time.

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Wallabies Ace Set for Stint on Sidelines

One of the Wallabies star players is set to be out of action for the next while due to an injury he picked up playing for the Brumbies last weekend



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Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa is set to be out of action for the next few weeks after breaking his arm playing for the Brumbies last weekend the Super Rugby franchise have confirmed.

The 26-year-old Brumbies captain left the field of play before half-time in the Brumbies 47-13 win over the Waratahs and returned to the sidelines with his arm in a sling. 

It has now been announced that he broke his arm during the game and is expected to miss around six weeks due to the injury with the club hoping to see their star man out on the pitch again soon. 

“The Brumbies can confirm that captain Allan Alaalatoa suffered a broken arm in the match against the Waratahs. Get well soon skip!,” the Brumbies tweeted. 

However, despite the injury it is unknown how many matches Alaalatoa will actually miss, if any at all with Super Rugby currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak meaning no matches are being played for the foreseeable future. 

It could mean that he will be back in action along with his teammates whenever they return to play, whatever happens the hope is that the 37-cap Wallaby will be back to play as soon as possible.

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Second South African Team in Isolation

Following the news yesterday that the Bulls would go into self-isolation a second South African team has announced it will do the same



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Super Rugby side the Lions have confirmed that their squad will go into self-isolation following their return from New Zealand.

The team played the Blues over the weekend, losing out 43-10 and after arriving home they have confirmed that they will self-isolate in order to try and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Speaking on the decision CEO of the side Rudolf Straeuli admitted that it is hard to do, but that health comes before all else in a situation like this. 

“It is difficult circumstances, but people’s health come first. SANZAAR is in ongoing discussions with broadcasters and have been keeping everyone informed of the decisions. The situation will be reviewed on an on-going basis,” he said. 

The Lions become the second South African side to self-isolate after the Bulls confirmed that their squad would be doing the same when they arrive back on home soil today. 

Both franchise’s decisions follow the news that this year’s Super Rugby season will be suspended for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus, which is causing major issues for all sporting calendars as it continues to spread worldwide.

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