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Cardiff see controversial red as Warriors stay perfect

The Blues were leading in Glasgow when Nigel Owens gave Taufa’ao Filise his marching orders.

‘THERE’S NOT ENOUGH in the circumstances there to merit anything other than a red card’.

Taufa'ao Filise receives a red card Source: Craig Watson/INPHO

The words from referee Nigel Owens that took all the wind out of the Cardiff Blues before he issued a controversial red card to Taufa’ao Filise as Glasgow Warriors maintained their perfect Pro14 record with a 40 – 16 win.


In real-time and from wide out it was difficult to see anything untoward, but Owens and his TMO took a long hard look at the tighthead’s connection with George Turner – shortly after Macauley Cook bumps the carrier slightly to the right.

On review, Owens remarked that Turner had been higher in the carry than he initially thought and the clash of Filise’s shoulder and Turner’s head led him to issue the red card with the Blues leading 7 – 13 after 29 minutes.

(Can’t see the video above? Watch on Twitter here)

With only 14 men to defend their sensational attack, the Warriors pulled out to a 17-point lead over Munster in Conference A with tries from Sam Johnson, Alex Dunbar, Ruaridh Jackson, Samuela Vunisa, Leonardo Sarto and Niko Matawalu.

Niko Matawalu celebrates scoring a try with teammates Source: Craig Watson/INPHO

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