Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

All Blacks forward sent off for 'stupid' act in Bledisloe Cup

All Blacks forward sent off for 'stupid' act in Bledisloe Cup

The All Blacks were reduced to 14 men when Scott Barrett was dismissed for a unsafe tackle just before half-time.

Scott Barrett could miss the start of the World Cup after becoming only the fourth New Zealand worldwide ever to be sent off during a Test, with the lock receiving a red card in his nation's 47-26 loss to Australia in Perth Saturday. "They went through the regulations but I feel for the opposition player as well".

It could also put Barrett in doubt for New Zealand's World Cup opener against South Africa in Yokohama on September 21, another big blow after his fellow lock Brodie Retallick dislocated his shoulder in the 16-16 draw with the Springboks last week.

It was hard to pick the Wallabies' best with Hooper everywhere, halfback Nic White a handful, Reece Hodge scoring a double and the entire forward pack deserving a pat on the back.

From start to finish, O'Connor looked sharp and thoroughly at home on the worldwide stage despite it being his first Test start for six years. Another win and the Wallabies will secure it for the first time since 2002. A defeat. and it's New Zealand back on top. Goodhue threaded a grubber kick in behind, captains Kieran Read and Hooper tussled in pursuit of the ball, and Lienert-Brown touched down.

James O'Connor, starting his first match in six years, also booked his ticket to Japan as he set up a try and gave the attack plenty of options.

The Wallabies eased to a rare win over their trans-Tasman rivals in a high-scoring contest at Optus Stadium, where Scott Barrett was sent off by referee Jerome Garces in the first half after being adjudged to have shoulder charged Michael Hooper. Garces was the referee when Williams received a red card for a shoulder charge during the second British and Irish Lions Test in 2017.

"When they're got 15 on the field it feels like 20, so when they've got 14 on the field it still feels like they've got 17 or 18", he said.

Arnold, another who has been building good form of late, flicked it on to his second-row partner Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and the latter delighted in his first Test try.

Jack Goodhue will miss the All Blacks match against the Wallabies next weekend.

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