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The ‘ban’ dished out to Bismarck du Plessis flies in the face of rugby's commitment to a safer game

Jonathan Bradley

Given how their game against the Stormers concluded on Saturday afternoon, it would be a brave man or woman to raise the issue of United Rugby Championship officiating over breakfast in Ulster’s Pretoria hotel this week.

Yet the northern province are adjacent to an error much more grave than anything to be found in the Zapruder-style analysis of whether Callum Reid did or didn’t knock the ball forward in grounding what would have been a match-winning score.

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