The Aviva Premiership’s opening weekend saw 9 yellow cards shown to players across six matches. Is this something to worry about or do we now accept it as part of the game?
The only fixture that didn’t see a yellow card brandished was where Exeter treated Gloucester to the expert skills of their top performer Gareth Steenson in notching their notable first win. Other than that, no other Premiership game allowed fifteen to play against against fifteen players for the full 80 minutes.
At the London Double Header at Twickenham, Andrew Small produced four yellows in London Irish v Saracens, at least one of which was a highly debatable call against Alex Goode for deliberately slapping the ball down when attempting an interception. The same offence occurred in the subsequent match between London Wasps and Quins and Chris White simply awarded a penalty.
Are we happy with how and when yellow cards are used? Is there enough consistency? What happened to a warning, a penalty and the rarely used extra ten yards for persistent offenders? Is rugby becoming dominated by the ‘power play’ whenever a team’s opposition go a man down?
We’re keen to establish your thoughts via our poll below, and we’re also discussing the issue in this week’s podcast out on Thursday.