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The question is whether an occasion or situation should influence a referee's ability to apply the law.
Looking at the directive that's being banded around that was sent out by the I.R.B talking about a bulls cheetahs game, then a red was justified - even neccessary - in the eyes of the governing body. There is no mention of 'if the game is really important and we need it to look good to advertise the sport, then let him off with it' in the rules. The fault lies with other refs throughout the tournament who haven't applied the rules the way the I.R.B have wanted them to.
Spear tackles are something no-one likes to see (and that is where this all stems from), and we cannot blame rugby's authorities for trying to stop them. Unfortunately, this is a pretty tough by-product of that crack down.
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