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Bismarck's red card removed

Bismarck du Plessis was sent off during the Rugby Championship match between the Boks and All Blacks.

Bismarck du Plessis is yellow-carded by referee Romain Poite during the Rugby Championship Test rugby union match between the All Blacks and South Africa in Auckland on September 14 2013. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis has had the red card he received during Saturday's Test match against the All Blacks removed from his disciplinary record by judicial officer Terry Willis.

This comes after the International Rugby Board (IRB) issued a statement on Sunday saying that French referee Romain Poite had incorrectly issued the Springbok hooker a yellow card for a tackle on flyhalf Daniel Carter.

Poite chose to forego the opportunity to either ask for assistance from the television match official (TMO) or for a replay on the big screen, remaining adamant the infringement he'd seen in real-time warranted a 10 minute sanction for du Plessis.

Du Plessis was then shown a red card in the 42nd minute for a second yellow card offence after he was deemed to have led with an elbow in striking flank Liam Messam in the neck.

During the hearing, submissions were made on behalf of the player and the video footage was reviewed.

Willis said Poite's decision to issue a yellow card was wrong, and said the tackle was within the laws of the game.

There was no further sanction imposed on du Plessis, although the second yellow will remain on his record for the remainder of the Rugby Championship.

DETRIMENTAL DECISION

Earlier today, South Africa New Zealand Australia Rugby (Sanzar) chief executive Greg Peters told Eyewitness News Poite's decision was "detrimental" to the competition.

All referees are appointed by the IRB and not by the Southern Hemisphere body, but Peters conceded that what transpired at Eden Park was detrimental to an eagerly awaited test match and the competition.

"So we were as concerned as anyone else was on the weekend. It's a very disappointing set of circumstances, and we acknowledge and applaud the IRB for coming out and admitting that an error was made. But unfortunately that doesn't change what happened on the field and the subsequent red card for[Bismarck] du Plessis."

Referees have been given even more power in the last fortnight as they are now able to request replays on the big screen to assist in their decisions. It's something that Peters says that Poite should have done as a matter of course.

"So, it's a very disappointing set of circumstances, particularly when you consider that we've now made available to match officials the use of big screen and video technology so they can actually see the footage before making decisions."

The IRB's statement on Sunday is virtually unprecedented and Peters said Sanzar raised their concerns with the game's governing body prior to the statement's release.

"Within Sanzar, we are particularly keen not to shy away from mistakes being made. We want people to own up and say a mistake has been made and we've done that through Super Rugby. And as I said, we applaud the IRB for doing that in this instance here because that would be a first - I don't recall that happening in the past and certainly our way of doing things has influenced that statement I'm sure."

Peters said the steps taken by the IRB though are highly unusual and will now place Poite under enormous scrutiny in future.

"He isn't appointed to any of the remaining Rugby Championship fixtures for the remainder of this year. The IRB appointments for the next round of internationals in November haven't been made yet and as with every referee, every performance and mistakes made is reflected in future appointments."