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All Blacks learn red card lessons from Rugby World Cup

Prop Ofa Tuuangafasi became just the fifth All Blacks player to be sent off in a test on Saturday when he was given a red card for a high tackle on Wallabies winger Tom Wright in the 24-22 loss to Australia in Brisbane.

"We just have to be better," Coles told reporters on a conference call on Monday.

"We do a lot of tackling practice in the week. We just have to lower our sights and targets to not get those red cards again.

"I suppose it's one on the chin for us."

Oceania Football investigating mass send-offs

RNZI reports AS Tefana's Nicolas Vallar and Angelo Tchen and AS Magenta captain Loic Wakanumune were red carded in the latter's 4-2 Group C victory.

In the later game between Samoa's Kiwi FC and Fiji's Nadi FA both teams had three players sent off.

Red mist mars goal-fest on 4th day

Attention returned to Group C on Match Day 4 at Auckland’s QBE Stadium and there was certainly much for those in attendance to mull over with both fixtures providing no shortage of talking points.

The tone of the action-packed day was set within minutes of the opening game, a typically feisty Francophone derby between New Caledonia’s AS Magenta and their Tahitian rivals AS Tefana, who finished the game with just nine players on the park.