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Waratahs reserve prop Paddy Ryan was given a red card for a collecting Hurricanes second five eighth Jordie Barrett on the chin during a gang tackle in the 22-18 loss at Leichhardt Oval.

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The All Blacks fullback was in the process of being held up by Mark Nawaqanitawase when Ryan came in to effect the tackle but a shoulder connected with Barrett’s chin as he was in the process of falling to the ground.

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After a TMO review the match officials could not find mitigating circumstances to reduce the tackle to a just a penalty and Ryan was red carded with four minutes remaining.

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At the time the Waratahs were behind just by four and on attack in possession just outside the Hurricanes’ 22.

The incident gave the Hurricanes a one man advantage for the crucial final minutes and they were able to hold on for another comeback victory over the Australian sides.

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Waratahs fans were disappointed with the ruling which they felt secured the win for the visitors and asked how the referees couldn’t find mitigating circumstances in what was a routine tackle.

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Others asked why Jordie Barrett wasn’t mandated to leave the field to undergo an HIA when the tackle was judged to be serious enough to issue a red card.

After finishing his season in Japan, Ryan was flown back to join the Waratahs squad on an SOS short term deal to cover the injury to Harry Johnson-Holmes.

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This was his first game for the Waratahs since 2018, where the veteran prop previously played 105 games for the club over a nine year career and was a member of the 2014 side that claimed the Super Rugby title.

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