NEW ZEALAND 29-15 SOUTH AFRICA, 2013

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The All Blacks and Spring­boks were in the midst of what was a fe­ro­ciously phys­i­cal and com­pelling bat­tle at Eden Park in 2013, epit­o­mised by a thun­der­ous tackle Bis­marck du Plessis made on Dan Carter.

The South African hooker came off the line hard and fast, an­gled in on Carter and wal­loped him – mak­ing con­tact with the first-five’s chest and shoul­der.

It was a supremely good tackle that shook the All Blacks No 10.

But French ref­eree Ro­main Poite didn’t see it that way and nor did the video ref – who reck­oned du Plessis had hit Carter too high.

The yel­low card came out and when du Plessis earned an­other on 42 min­utes for hit­ting Liam Mes­sam with an el­bow, he was shown red and the Boks were re­duced to 14 men.

The All Blacks cruised to vic­tory from there but the prob­lem was Poite had stuffed up roy­ally with the first yel­low. It should never have been shown and World Rugby con­firmed this shortly af­ter the game.

“The IRB con­firms that it was in­cor­rect for ref­eree Ro­main Poite to is­sue a yel­low card to Bis­marck du Plessis in the 17th minute of the Rugby Cham­pi­onship match be­tween New Zealand and South Africa in Auck­land on Satur­day.

“Just as play­ers and coaches make mis­takes, the de­ci­sion was an un­for­tu­nate case of hu­man er­ror by the match of­fi­cials, who, hav­ing re­viewed the match, fully recog­nise and ac­cept that they made a mis­take in the ap­pli­ca­tion of law.”

Poite didn’t ref­eree an­other test for a year.

GOT HIM Bis­marck du Plessis’s tackle on Daniel Carter was le­gal and im­pres­sive.

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