Scott Barrett shown straight red for dangerous elbow against Australia

Australia v New Zealand - 2019 Rugby Championship

New Zealand's Scott Barrett was shown a straight red card in the All Blacks high-profile clash with their Australian rivals after catching Michael Hooper in the head with a late challenge.

Wallabies captain Hooper was carrying the ball forwards under pressure from the opposition when Barrett caught his rival late, and to the back of his neck, with his shoulder and elbow. 

Whilst appearing relatively innocuous at first, replays clearly showed the 6'6" lock to make no contact with Hooper below the shoulders, with the 27-year-old flanker taking the brunt of the impact to the back of his neck.

After a brief on-field TMO (Television Match Official) review of the incident, referee Jerome Garces was left in little doubt of the appropriate consequences.

"He never uses his arm, he just puts his shoulder and elbow on the neck and head so it's clearly dangerous. It's direct, with force, so I've no option it will be a red card."

At the time of the incident, the All Blacks were trailing their bitter rivals by a single point, with tries from Anton Lienert Brown and Rieko Loane keeping them firmly in contention at 12-13.

After the break, however, and reinvigorated with their new man advantage, the Wallabies took control in ruthless fashion, romping to an eventual 47-26 win thanks to further tries from Salakaia-Loto, White, Koroibete, Beale, and Hodge - who also opened the scoring for the Wallabies in the first half. 

Three eventual penalties from Lealiifano, and two conversions apiece from the fly-half and teammate Toomua added further gloss to the victory, whilst Barrett - Beauden this time - and Laumape managed to claw back some respectability for the visitors, with Mo'unga also claiming a hat-trick of conversions across both halves.

With the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, the victory is sure to add a spring to the step of the Wallabies, with captain Hooper delighted by the manner of their triumph.

"I'm just very proud of the build-up, and very proud that the building that we have been talking about has turned into a good result. 

"That's a nice little hit of confidence and momentum for us tonight. When they went to 14, not a lot needed to change. It was about growing and pulling away at that point."

All Blacks captain Read also praised the oppositions approach to the game, and was left ruing the poor discipline that led to his side's downfall 

"They were very good tonight. We knew that was going to be the case, I think we just let our discipline slip early in that first half and we let them get ahead. 

"It was pretty tit-for-tat in that first half but we just couldn't get our hands on the ball and that hurt us right after half time, and that really gave them confidence."

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