‘Doesn’t feel like justice’: Sam Cane sees RED in shocking piece of history as escapes Kolisi same fate

New Zealand captain Sam Cane has become the first player sent off in a World Cup final, being dismissed for a high tackle on Springbok Jesse Kriel in the first half at Stade de France, while his rival skipper Siya Kolisi narrowly escaped the same fate..

Cane was initially sent to the sin bin on 29 minutes but his card was upgraded to red soon after – leading to questions from ex-Wallaby skipper Michael Hooper why World Rugby decided against a 20-minute red card trial for this World Cup.

Massive moment.

Sam Cane’s yellow is upgraded to red! The All Blacks skipper’s #RWCFinal is done.

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The TMO told referee Wayne Barnes: “The yellow is upgraded to a red. A high degree of danger – no clear and obvious mitigation.”

Siya Kolisi of South Africa commits a high tackle with head contact on Ardie Savea of New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade de France on October 28, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Ramos – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

The Springboks led 9-3 at the time of the incident and were ahead 12-6 at halftime.

Soon after halftime the game took another huge twist when Springboks captain Kolisi went high on Ardie Savea and was yellow carded – he faced a nervous wait to see if it would be upgraded to red as well, but the TMO decided that while there was high danger there was enough mitigation.

No red card for the Springboks!

South African captain Siya Kolisi will return to the field.

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“It’s only just enough but it’s correct in my opinion (but) it doesn’t feel like justice for All Blacks fans who have been denied their captain on a technical issue,” said Stan Sport’s Morgan Turinui.

The decision the upgrade came as a shock to new skipper Ardie Savea while Cane put his head in his hands on the chair.

“That is huge for the skipper of the All Blacks in a RWC final,” said Tim Horan on Stan Sport. “The new laws in the game in the last 12 months it was bound to happen at one of the big matches at this World Cup.

New Zealand’s Sam Cane heads to the sin bin after being shown a yellow during the Rugby World Cup 2023 final match at the Stade de France in Paris, France. Picture date: Saturday October 28, 2023. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

“Youve got to feel for Sam Cane there, devastated on the sideline,” said Morgan Turinui. ‘”By the high tackle protocols and guidelines it’s the correct decision.”

1 – New Zealand have become the first side to receive two cards in a men’s @rugbyworldcup final, with Sam Cane the first player ever to be sent off in a final. Dismissed. pic.twitter.com/JclimjPczg

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Former Wallabies James Horwill and Michael Hooper agreed that it was the correct decision by Barnes and his assistants. The English referee, in his first World Cup final, was the centre of controversy when the All Blacks were eliminated in the 2007 quarters after missing a key forward pass.

“It was the right decision. It’s a shame it’s happened. The way the game is adjudicated they just needed to see some dip. If there’s any dip from Sam Cane there I think it stays as a yellow,” Horwill said.

Hooper said: “I wonder what World Rugby’s thinking. This is a perfect opportunity for the 20 minute red card bring someone else on. The contest is completely ruined. It is a red card, he should be off the field but you want to see a full quota [of players].”

The 20-minute red card, where the offending player could be replaced by another after 20 minutes, was trialled in the southern hemisphere over the past two years but World Rugby opted not to proceed with it at this tournament.

Is that Sam Cane’s “David Beckham” moment?
Poor guy.
I hope he doesn’t wear it but fear the vileness of social media will spew forth and blame him.
We’ve made it so hard on ourselves here.
Too many mistakes & we can’t keep playing with 14 men every test.#RugbyWorldCup

— Martin Devlin (@martindevlinnz) October 28, 2023

Ian Foster in response to Rassie’s tricks + 7-1 bench:

“We doubled up with their split by just playing with 14 men, and then 13 men, for parts of that game. We tried that clever strategy and decided we didn’t like it so we’re going to try a different strategy this week.”


— Christy Doran (@ChristypDoran) October 28, 2023

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