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There was a controversial yellow card in this morning's Super Rugby

Did this James Lowe tackle on Malakai Fekitoa deserve a yellow?

THE CHIEFS SUFFERED their first defeat of the 2015 Super Rugby season as a two Marty Banks penalties in the last four minutes secured a 20-17 win for the Highlanders in Hamilton.

There was much unhappiness from Chiefs supporters and players in the endgame as two disputed late penalty decisions allowed ‘Landers replacement out-half Banks to kick the winning three points.

Chiefs wing James Lowe was yellow carded for the first of those penalties for this tackle on All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa.

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The decision to send Lowe to the sin bin left the player himself in disbelief, while the reaction from commentators and supporters has been similar.

The Chiefs scored two penalty tries through their formidable scrum to leave themselves 17-14 ahead coming into the closing minutes, although 12 missed points from the tee by international out-half Aaron Cruden ultimately proved costly.

A superb 35th-minute try from the Highlanders, started inside their 22 by centre Shaun Treeby and wonderfully finished by imposing wing Patrick Osbourne, was also crucial to the final outcome.

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