This Premiership season has seen an increase in red cards and it’s not over yet, writes Bloggers’ Bench member Hannah Hirst.
Is it the way teams play? The way the game is being refereed? Is rugby going soft? Or is it simply that the mist descends and players do things they shouldn’t?
Red mist has been a definite factor this season. Right back at the beginning of the season it claimed it’s first victim in David Mele of Leicester Tigers at their 45-0 drumming in Bath. After only being on the pitch for a handful of minutes Mele stamped on the face of a Bath player and was sent straight off. The emotions of the game and the inevitable defeat had got the better of him and the mist claimed him for its own.