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There was an ugly tip-tackle in Super Rugby earlier but should Ian Prior be banned?

The younger brother of Ulster’s Nick Williams was on the receiving end.
Apr 24th 2015, 7:04 PM 5,305 3

THE CHIEFS MOVED to the top of the Super Rugby table this morning with a 35-27 win over the Force in Hamilton but they were given a helping hand by the most idiotic red card you’re likely to see.

Tim Nanai-Williams is tackled by Ian Prior Source: Photosport/Bruce Lim/INPHO

The Force scrum-half, Ian Prior, received his marching orders shortly before the half hour mark for a needless and reckless tip-tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams.

Nanai-Williams received a pop pass from a ruck and although he knocked it on, Prior still proceeded to lift his opponent up by his legs and then drive him into the turf.

Source: NZAUTV Sports/YouTube

Despite landing on his head and shoulder, Nanai-Williams was thankfully able to play on but Prior will now face a disciplinary hearing charged with Law 10.4 (j):

Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.

Do you think he deserves a ban or was it an honest mistake?

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