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Sink the Bismarck, not the entire team

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Sink the Bismarck, not the entire team

A team sport can never be a contest if those sent off are not replaced, so hit them where it hurts — in their wallets

Mark Keohane

Punish the player, but don’t punish the team because of the player. And don’t punish the sport because of one player.

Take the action of Bulls replacement hooker Bismarck du Plessis as just one example of the red cards issued at the weekend.

Du Plessis was guilty of disregarding his opponent’s safety when he dropped him to the ground after picking him up and lifting him above the horizontal. There was no question this demanded an immediate send-off...

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