Insane red card blows French chances of World Cup semi final 5 months ago

Insane red card blows French chances of World Cup semi final

Absolutely no need for this.

A France red card. A French farce in Japan.

In their pomp, France always found a way of winning.

In the past decade, Les Bleus are finding new and pointless ways of blowing winning positions.

19-10 up against Wales at half-time, and with a rolling maul ticking away just five metres from the tryline of the Grand Slam champions, Sébastien Vahaamahina had a complete brain-fade.

The France lock took exception to Aaron Wainwright making a nuisance of himself in the maul and first attempted a choke-hold - that in itself was dangerous play - before unleashing a frightful elbow.

The connection with the cheek of Wainwright was hefty and it left referee Jaco Peyper with no choice but to issue a red card.

Vahaamahina's red was the first time a player had been sent off in the knock-out stages of a World Cup since Sam Warburton (of Wales) was issued his marching orders, against France, in the 2011 semi-final.

Here is the full video of the nasty incident:

The lock apologised to his teammates on the way off the pitch, knowing he had left them with one hell of 30-minute spell to survive.

They lasted until the 74th minute until Ross Moriarty sealed the Welsh comeback with a try that Dan Biggar converted to make it 20-19.


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