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Canes tweet disgust at red card - then delete post

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NZ Herald Staff,
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Rugby,
Publish Date
Saturday, 14 July 2018, 10:51AM
Johnny Fa'auli received a red card for a shoulder charge on Wes Goosen. (Photo: Photosport)
Johnny Fa'auli received a red card for a shoulder charge on Wes Goosen. (Photo: Photosport)

The Hurricanes' official Twitter account fired a shot at Chiefs midfielder Johnny Fa'auli last night following his dangerous red card tackle on Wes Goosen - and then deleted the scornful post.

Fa'auli was dismissed for a high, no-arms shot on Goosen in the second half of the Chiefs' 28-24 win in Hamilton, an act which Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd described as "deliberate".

Fa'auli's shoulder charge made even the home crowd wince when the replays were shown on the big screen.

The Hurricanes tweeted "what a shocker... player with a bad history of that crap" as the TMO reviewed Fa'auli's challenge and he faces another suspension for the second time in his Chiefs career. The Tweet was later deleted.

Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper also spoke out about the incident.

"It's disappointing. He's better than that," Cooper told Stuff.

"He looks to stamp his mark defensively, but he's got to do it within the rules, he just can't drift up, particularly towards the head."

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said everyone should be disappointed with the incident.

"I mean, I don't like to see a red card in any game, but red is red, and you don't get a more obvious red card than that," Boyd told Stuff. "That was shoulder, no arms, straight to the head, with force, with intent. There's no butting out of any of that."

"So that was a deliberate act. The Chiefs will be disappointed with that action, I'm assuming the player will be disappointed with that action. And at the end of the day, he got, in the end, what was necessary."

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