Here's why Italy lost two players after getting one man sent off 1 year ago

Here's why Italy lost two players after getting one man sent off

An absolute kick in the teeth for Italy.

Hame Faiva was looking to make a statement with his tackle, but over-stepped the mark.


18 minutes into Ireland's Six Nations clash with Italy and the visiting side were holding their own. Joey Carbery had converted his own try but the score was just 7-3 after Italy responded with a penalty.

Hooker Gianmarco Lucchesi had been forced off with an injury after nine minutes, and that would prove crucial when his replacement Hame Faiva was red-carded for this collision with Dan Sheehan:


What the rugby laws state

So, with Faiva red-carded and Lucchesi off injured, it meant there would be no hookers in the front row for the final 62 minutes of the match.

That meant uncontested scrums and, due to the World Rugby guidelines on uncontested scrums, Italy had to be reduced to 13 men for the remainder of the game.


"I think this law has been exposed [today] for what it is," said an unimpressed Rob Kearney on Virgin Media at half-time in the match.

Italy No.8 Toa Halafihi and winger Pierre Bruno both had to leave the pitch, with only prop Ivan Nemer coming on. Italy were upset, but the laws are the laws and they would only have 13 men to finish the game.

Sure enough, Ireland soon had the Italian lines breached, time and again. Jamison Gibson-Park, Mike Lowry and Peter O'Mahony had all crossed for tries before the first half ended.