This sickening hit on Lions star earned Sonny Bill Williams a red card 4 years ago

This sickening hit on Lions star earned Sonny Bill Williams a red card

Referee Jerome Garces was left with no choice.

Sonny Bill Williams was sent off after 24 minutes of the Second Test between New Zealand and the Lions after a quite gruesome head-hit on Anthony Watson.

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With the game tied 3-3 in squalid conditions, Williams crunched into Watson's temple with a stiff shoulder.

Credit: Sky Sports

Each replay of the incident made it look worse and Garces sent Williams on his way. He is the first All Blacks player to get a red card since Colin Meads in 1967.

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Watson went off for a Head Injury Assessment but was deemed safe to play on.

There was a strong reaction to the hit online:

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