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Samoa Coach And Captain: Don't Ban Bundee Aki

Samoa Coach And Captain: Don't Ban Bundee Aki

The biggest talking point from Ireland's bonus point win over Samoa today was the Bundee Aki red card. Your glasses would have had to be seriously green-tinted to think that high tackle from Aki in the first half wasn't a red.  So it was interesting to hear that both the Samoa coach Steve Jackson and captain Jack Lam state after the match that they don't think Aki deserves a suspension for the quarterfinal round of the World Cup.

Aki is of Samoan origin and very close with many members in the Samoan squad. He was photographed by Sportsfile embracing and praying with the Samoan squad after the match, which suggests there was no bad blood towards him from Samoa.

 

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Unfortunately for Ireland, Lam and Jackson won't be deciding Aki's fate. Joe Schmidt was philosophical about the chances of the red card being rescinded in his post match presser.

Lam was asked before the game  if Aki would receive 'special treatment' in the match.

"We have no special presents for him, he'll get the same treatment as everyone else," Jack Lam said yesterday.

"Most of the boys are pretty close with Bundee, a couple of boys have seen him during the week, so we are still friends off the field but when we cross the line we are exactly the same."

Donny Mahoney

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