For the second week in succession, it was a card that defined the test match between New Zealand and France. History will show the All Blacks won 26-13 at Westpac Stadium on Saturday, to take an unasailable 2-0 lead in this three-test series.
But it was the red card shown to France fullback Benjamin Fall, in the 12th minute, that the game will be remembered for.
Referee Angus Gardner felt Fall’s disregard for Barrett’s safety, the unprotected fall and subsequent concussion test left him with “no option” but to brandish a red card.
Does the severity of the injury dictate the decision?
Red card for Benjamin Fall.
Right decision? pic.twitter.com/5I8wOvtNSg
— RugbyLAD (@RugbyLAD7) June 16, 2018