Controversial🔺 Red Card as All Blacks Star Brodie Retallick Hit High🤔 in Highlanders v Chiefs Opener

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The Highlanders took down the Chiefs 30-27 to kick off of the Super Rugby season – and with it the start of referee controversies.

With 15 minutes to go, and the Chiefs holding a seven-point lead, a red card was produced - one that sparked controversy.

Highlanders midfielder Sio Tomkinson was shown red after a collision with Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick, which was deemed to be a no-arms tackle by referee Glen Jackson.

There didn't look to be a lot in the tackle, but after a delay in play, Jackson produced the red.

"You've made no attempt to wrap him. You've used your shoulder and it's direct to the head so, for you, it's a red card," he explained to Tomkinson.

Onlookers weren't too happy again as some claimed the referee was protecting the All Blacks star ahead of the World Cup in September.

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