Morahan slapped with yellow

Luke Morahan has been issued with an off-field yellow card for his tip-tackle on Sonny Bill Williams during the Reds’ victory over the Chiefs on Sunday.

The Reds fullback was lucky to escape immediate sanction, as the referee’s assistant spotted the incident but failed to identify the player responsible. However, Morahan has copped an off-field yellow for the transgression.

The citing commissioner deemed that Morahan contravened Law 10.4 (j) Dangerous Lifting Tackle, Lifting a Player from the ground and either dropping or driving that player’s head and/or upper body into the ground whilst the player’s feet are off the ground is dangerous play.

This will come as little consolation for the Chiefs. They were trailing by 12 points when the incident occurred, and had Morahan received a yellow card at that point they may well have closed the gap.