Queensland Reds star slams 'disrespectful' referee after teammate broke neck in Super Rugby clash

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2023-05-29 06:39:22  • 4 mins

Wallabies star Harry Wilson has launched at withering spray at referee Brendon Pickerill for his 'disrespectful' treatment when Reds teammate Connor Vest broke his neck against the Highlanders.

Vest was left with a fracture of his C7 vertebrae during a controversial incident in the club's agonising 35-30 last-gasp defeat on Friday in Dunedin.

The 29-year-old lock went down immediately after making contact with Shannon Frizell's shoulder and head during a hit-up, with the Highlanders forward coming under-fire for his 'no-arms' tackle that clearly made high contact.

Surprisingly, Frizell, the brother of NSW Origin star Tyson, escaped scrutiny from Pickerill and the TMO officials, despite many fans, players, legends and pundits insisting it was worthy of a red card.

Wilson was one of those players who couldn't believe the tackle, that has ended Vest's season, didn't warrant further action.

Vest was able to walk gingerly from the field and sent straight to hospital, before he was diagnosed with a broken neck. Fortunately the Reds lock was allowed to fly back to Queensland on Sunday for more treatment.

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