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Rugby player sees red after ruthless actions in the ruck

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Castres hooker Jody Jenneker faces the agony of missing out on his side’s cup clash with Racing 92 on Saturday after being handed a three-week ban for hitting out at Toulouse’s Maxime Medard.

It will be Castres' first Top 14 semi-final since 2014, and referee Roman Poite’s decision to issue a red card has divided social media.

As both sides fought for possession, Jenneker came in heavily on Gary Medard, leading to the Toulouse man pushing away the side of Jenneker’s head with his right hand.

This drew an angry response from the South African, who swung a left hand at Medard’s face, leaving the Toulouse man clutching his head, before Jenneker followed up with an open-handed push with his right.

But, Poite's decision to give Jenneker his marching orders has been considered harsh by some fans.

Commenting on, one reader supported Poite, commenting: “It’s a yellow for his entry to the ruck as well."

However, another said: “Didn't look like much wrong with his entry... He didn't target a head.. admittedly it wasn't technically great, but penalty at the most of that."

So one fan was in defence of the decision, whilst another disagreed, so why not make your own mind up?

Watch the incident below!

A pretty rough entry to the ruck, and an apparent unnecessary hit to the opponent's head.

However, a further reader said: “Looked more like Medard hit him around the back of the ear with a strong palm... Hooker retaliates with a bit of a weak (but albeit probably painful) swing arm...

"I can't see it being red personally...”

Castres will draw encouragement, though, from news that Racing 92’s Dan Carter is also set to miss Saturday’s clash with a hamstring injury.

Former Castres number 10 Remi Tales looks set to step in against his former side in Carter’s absence.

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