Peter O’Mahony stealing lineouts, ‘The Beast’ winning scum penalties, and Thomas Lavanini committing stupid and reckless acts on the rugby field. These are just a small selection of the habits of certain test rugby players.
In the 59th minute of Ireland’s Thomas Lavanini added another card to his collection when he flew into a ruck off his feet and struck Cian Healy in the face with his shoulder.
Tomas Lavanini picks up the third red card of his Test career for this reckless hit on Cian Healy#IREvARG #rterugby
— RTÉ Rugby (@RTErugby) November 21, 2021
There was little deliberation needed from referee Matthew Carley and TMO Tom Foley, as it was as clear a red card as you will see, particularly given the clamp down on reckless behaviour from World Rugby in the last few years.
Argentina, to their credit, were a dangerous outfit in the first half of the match, and were rewarded for their attacking play when they scored the first try of the game through winger Matteo Carreras.
However, despite flashes of brilliance in attack and some dogged defence, they were their own worst enemy with fullback Emiliano Boffelli missing two straightforward kicks at goal, and a malfunctioning lineout.
Their next best chance to score was through Carreras after he made a fantastic break into the 22, before he spilled the ball with the line at this mercy.
Going into the second half 24-7 behind, if Argentina were to stand any chance of a comeback they needed their discipline to be perfect.
But, with Thomas Lavanini on the pitch, discipline is often a struggle, and it proved so. What made matters worse was the fact that no. 8 Pablo Matera had been sin binned early on in the second half for a deliberate slap down.
Ireland needed no further invitation to show-off their dominance and ran out comfortable 53-7 winners.
A Quick Reminder of Some of the Past Transgressions From Thomas Lavanini
He has certainly has form for it.