Yel­low cards made game a mock­ery

The Rugby Paper - - Letter | Views -

RUGBY is meant to be a con­test be­tween 15 play­ers on each side.

The red card given to Bath’s Ross Batty against Worces­ter last week was prob­a­bly fair but the pro­lif­er­a­tion of yel­lows af­ter 80 min­utes had elapsed, for of­fences which should be penal­ties only, makes a mock­ery of the game.

It also does noth­ing for player safety when 11 tired play­ers (the front row have had to re­turn to the pitch) are left play­ing 15. I had to retire early due to an in­jury sus­tained when my team was two play­ers down though in­juries, so I think this is an im­por­tant point.

There is a duty of care to­wards the play­ers of both teams. Too many games seem to be de­cided by ref­er­ees pe­nal­is­ing one of the teams con­tin­u­ously. ANDY PURVIS via email

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