"Laws are wrong" - Billy Vunipola given controversial red card in South Africa - Ruck

“Laws are wrong” – Billy Vunipola given controversial red card in South Africa

In a dramatic turn of events, Saracens kicked off their Investec Champions Cup campaign with a tough away defeat against Bulls, and the spotlight was on Billy Vunipola, who received a red card.


The number eight found himself in hot water in the second half for a direct head contact while attempting to clear out a Bulls player.

Despite Vunipola’s dismissal, Bulls managed to secure the victory with two first-half tries courtesy of David Kriel and Janko Swanepoel.

Fly-half Johan Goosen’s precise kicking skills canceled out Owen Farrell’s efforts. Canan Moodie extended Bulls’ lead with a third score, while Saracens fought back with tries from Elliot Daly and Theo McFarland.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time England’s Vunipola has faced a red card, as he was previously sent off in August during England’s warm-up game against Ireland before the Rugby World Cup.

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