Jordie Barrett

All Black Jordie Barrett will face a disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday, charged with reckless play after being sent off during New Zealand’s Bledisloe Cup win over Australia. Photo: AFP

All Blacks coach ‘surprised’ by Jordie Barrett red card

All Blacks coach Ian Foster said he was “pretty surprised” that Jordie Barrett received a red card during the third Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies in Perth.

Jordie Barrett

All Black Jordie Barrett will face a disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday, charged with reckless play after being sent off during New Zealand’s Bledisloe Cup win over Australia. Photo: AFP

All Blacks coach Ian Foster said he was “pretty surprised” that Jordie Barrett received a red card during Sunday’s third Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies in Perth.

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Australian referee Damon Murphy, after consulting with his Australian assistant referees and Australian TMO, gave fullback Barrett his marching orders in the 28th minute after his right boot struck Wallabies wing Marika Koroibete in the face while he (Barrett) was gathering a high ball.

New Zealand were leading 13-0 at the time and despite playing with 14 men for 20 minutes went on to seal a 38-21 victory.

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Judging from television replays, Jordie Barrett’s offence appeared to be totally accidental and Foster said after the match he did not expect his player to be red-carded.

“I’m pretty surprised, to be honest,” Foster replied when asked about the incident.

“We’ll go and have a good look at it, but certainly we’ll probably be putting a bit of a case together for that one.”

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Barrett is set to face a SANZAAR judiciary and could be suspended for the rest of the Rugby Championship if the All Blacks cannot prove that the offence should not have warranted a red card.

Foster also denied that there were any issues with his players’ technique in fielding high balls judging from the Jordie Barrett incident.

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“It’s a long bow to go to a major problem for one thing that just happened once,” he said.

“He just lost balance and you could see he tilted, and you could see what happened.

“I feel for the refs in situations like this. Technically they saw things and they make their decisions. I get all that. Now we’ve got a chance to sit down and analyse it, we’ll have a good couple of conversations.

“But have we got a technique problem? No we haven’t.”

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