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Watch: NZ Player Spear Tackles Folau, Gets Away With It

Watch: NZ Player Spear Tackles Folau, Gets Away With It
By Gavin Cooney

The Rugby Championship is back, bringing with it some of rugby's greatest traditions: running rugby, the Bledisloe Cup, the All Blacks benefitting from some stodgy refereeing.

The latter was in evidence just three minutes into this year's competition, as Waisake Naholo tackled Israel Folau before lifting him into the air and dumping Folau on his shoulder. Although Folau wasn't thrust to the ground with a great amount of force, it was still a textbook spear tackle. Incredibly, referee Jaco Peyper (okay, maybe less incredible given Peyper's track record of being too lenient on the ABs) awarded a penalty but did not show Naholo a card of any colour.

Watch the incident below.

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Here's a portion of the reaction online:

'Twas ever thus.

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