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Watch: Australian Receives Just Yellow For Dangerous Challenge On Tagdh Furlong

Watch: Australian Receives Just Yellow For Dangerous Challenge On Tagdh Furlong
By Gavan Casey Updated

It was a tremendously contested first half of rugby at the Aviva Stadium, with two stunning Irish tries inspired by some Simon Zebo and Garry Ringrose magic giving Joe Schmidt's side a 17-7 lead over Australia.

The mind briefly wandered to last weekend's 'physical' contest with the All Blacks, however, when Wallaby flanker Dean Mumm landed himself in hot water for, well, landing Tagdh Furlong on his bonce.

The Aussie 6 clearly made a concerted effort to lift Furlong from the leg, and tipped the Leinster and Irish prop onto his head - albeit not at particularly ferocious velocity - and so French referee Jerome Garces was forced into action.

"It's that counter-ruck and the lifting as well. It's our safety, you know?" asked Ireland captain Rory Best of Garces.

You can view the incident below.

After a lengthy discussion, Garces and linesman Nigel Owens concurred that, because the tackle was not 'dynamic' and the lift of Fulong was carried out so slowly, it merited just a yellow card.

Ryle Nugent and Donal Lenihan in the RTÉ studios were far from convinced by the decision, and like many viewers, were left pondering why sanctions for such a borderline challenge are left 'open to interpretation'.

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On Twitter, the rugby world had its own interpretation of what was undoubtedly a difficult decision:

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