Japan lucky not to have man sent off vs Russia at Rugby World Cup


The Rugby World Cup has begun, and it's already causing massive drama.

The 2019 edition got underway as hosts Japan took on serious underdogs Russia, who were only at the tournament due to other nations being banned for fielding illegible players.

Countries such as Belgium and Spain should've been at the tournament over Russia, so it's no surprise that they were heavy underdogs going into the tournament opener.

So it came as quite a shock when the visitors took an early 7-0 lead, stunning the stadium and the fans in attendance.

However, that lead didn't last long, and by half-time, the hosts were 12-7 in front.

Having said that, Japan could have been deemed lucky to have all their men on the field after ex-professional player Jacques Burger spotted a potential red card offence.

Match referee Nigel Owens didn't give anything at the time, and the commentators only briefly mentioned it during the game, but it's a clash that has frustrated a lot of fans on Twitter.

Take a look at the incident in question below.

One Twitter user replied to the video by saying: "I saw that live and thought oh dear", whilst another simply said: "Cannot believe it’s got missed."

There were some rugby fans defending the tackle from James Moore, however, the man in question, with one user on Twitter replying: "There wasn't much time between the kick and tackle. It was a yellow. Not a red."

However, it does raise the question, should Japan have lost a player early doors? And if they had, would the result have been any different?

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