2 Aug 2010

Australia chief queries Mitchell red card

6:46 am on 2 August 2010

Australia's rugby chief John O'Neill has questioned referee Craig Joubert's red card on winger Drew Mitchell that left the Wallabies with 14 men for most of the second half of their 49-28 loss to the All Blacks.

Mitchell was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle in the 28th minute and then sent off two minutes after the break for holding up play to prevent the All Blacks from making a quick lineout throw while on attack.

O'Neill says Mitchell, probably stupidly, threw the ball away after the referee had given a general warning.

But he says the punishment seems out of kilter as it's not as if Mitchell punched an opponent or made a dangerous tackle.