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Australian hooker shown red card on Crusaders debut for throwing elbow

Australian hooker Hugh Roach's debut for the Crusaders barely lasted five minutes after he was sent off for elbowing an opposition player in the head in his side's 49-14 win in Brisbane.

In his Crusaders debut after stints with both the Waratahs and Rebels in his homeland, Roach came onto the field as a second-half substitute at Suncorp Stadium.

However, the 27-year-old let his frustrations get the better of him after he became the victim of a high tackle from Sunwolves prop Hencus van Wyk.

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In retaliation, Roach threw an elbow at van Wyk, connecting with the head of his opposite, which was easily enough to warrant a red card from the referee.

Fortunately for Roach, the incident didn't cost the Crusaders, who went on to seal a comfortable victory despite their numerical disadvantage.