Captain Cane distraught after red card

Henry

New Zealand’s Sam Cane sat with his face in his hands on the side of the field after his yellow card was replaced with a red in the World Cup final against South Africa.

This is the first time ever that a player receives a red card in the final match of a World Cup spectacle; a first that the All Black captain did not want at all.

Cane made contact with Jesse Kriel’s head in the first half of the titanic duel at the Stade de France; an offense that has immediate consequences.

“Look, I wasn’t even aware of the offense at first, I was caught off guard when he stepped back. But we’ve been here for two months now, we know that any contact near a player’s head has consequences,” Cane said.

However, he resigned himself to the match officials’ decision.

“I’m not going to argue whether it’s the right or wrong decision – it’s not going to make any difference now. Unfortunately, this is something I will have to live with for the rest of my life.”

Even in the starless forward’s absence, the All Blacks refused to lie down and they threatened to derail the Springboks’ victory party.

Despite the eventual defeat of 12 – 11, Ian Foster is still proud of his captain.

“I think everyone knows what Sam does and means to the team. He is the worthy leader of the All Blacks and I am very proud of him. It was a privilege to be his coach,” said the New Zealand coach.

“We stayed in the game and that is thanks to the players’ fighting spirit. Even if Sam wasn’t on the field, he still has a big influence on the teammates.”