Wallabies star says that rugby & # 39; becomes soft and he might as well play NRL & # 39; after controversial penalty during loss against Wales in the World Cup
- Kerevi was punished for a bump-off against Wales' five-eighth Rhys Patchell
- Officials found that the center born in Fiji had dangerously lifted the forearm
- Kerevi joked that the rugby federation had become soft and he could turn to rugby league
- & # 39; It's the first time I've heard I can't lead with my arms and bump, & # 39; he said
Samu Kerevi has joked that he will consider switching to the NRL after being penalized in the most controversial decision of Australia's loss of 29-25 in Wales on Sunday.
Kerevi was penalized for a bump-off against Wales' five-eighth Rhys Patchell who sank the Wallabies for swinging the course of the game late in the first half, with Wales rattling 10 unanswered runs.
The incident meant that Patchell approached Kerevi front-on and upright before falling back to absorb the power of the larger opponent.
Kerevi was punished for a bump-off (photo) of Wales' five-eighth Rhys Patchell
Yet it was Kerevi who was punished after a long consultation between French referee Romain Poite and TMO (official TV match) Ben Skeen from New Zealand.
They thought the inner center had raised his forearm dangerously in Patchell & # 39; s chest / neck.
Stunned Australian coach Cheika estimated that Patchell's technique was similar to that of Wallabies winger Reece Hodge, who was banned for three weeks for what was considered a head high tackle on Fijian attacker Peceli Yato last week.
Kerevi said that slow motion replays had worked against him because he believed he had done nothing wrong.
& # 39; I have played with that throughout my career. It is the first time that I have heard that I cannot lead with my arms and punch, "he said.
Australian coach Cheika said he was confused by the interpretations of the & # 39; high tackle framework & # 39; that has caused much discussion
& # 39; The worrying thing is that if he falls and I keep moving forward, what I would normally do, I could touch his head. & # 39;
& # 39; What do we do in that split second? … I might as well stop. & # 39;
Kerevi said he may have to consider using footwork instead of going straight over the top of defenders, which has become a trademark.
The 26-year-old has signed a three-year contract to play in Japan from next year, but laughed that he would consider a code circuit if Rugby's rules got harder.
& # 39; I love my rugby competition, so I'll have a look at NRL.
& # 39; If you want to play touch or play basketball (then do it) but we are here to run right to people. & # 39;
Referee Romain Poite (photo) referred the tackle to the Television Match Official (TMO) and it was decided that Kerevi had led with his forearm and slapped the Welshman on his chest and then in his throat
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