I just jumped, says Dagg after yellow card

20:33, Jun 17 2012
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An aerial shoulder charge, a yellow card and suddenly Israel Dagg was cooling down on the naughty chair.

Dagg earned the first yellow card of his career when referee Nigel Owens sent him from the field for clattering into Ireland fullback Rob Kearney at AMI Stadium on Saturday night, ending a frustrating evening for the All Blacks' fullback.

"The ref saw it the way he saw it. I just jumped, it was just one of those things," Dagg said. "I hit him which made it look bad.

Israel Dagg
JUMPER: Israel Dagg gets a yellow card from referee Nigel Owens.

"The ref had to make the call and I just had to take it on the chin and move on to next week."

Reduced to 14 men as Dagg plonked himself on the sideline, the All Blacks stood anxiously inside their own half as they watched Irish No10 Jonathan Sexton miss the angled 48m penalty goal. It was his only miss of the match.

Had it succeeded it would have given Ireland a 22-19 lead and breathed extra fire into their performance as they chased their first win against the All Blacks in 107 years.

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Dagg said he never intended to injure Kearney and bore no grudges against the Welsh referee for ending his match prematurely.

" I just jumped to try and put him off his kick, kind of thing. I jumped as soon as he kicked it, he ran forward and just got a bit of a shoulder."

Having earlier watched Ali Williams also give away a daft penalty coach Steve Hansen, lamented the All Blacks' lack of discipline.

"Clearly we made too many errors and the ones that frustrated us the most were the silly penalties. You don't mind if the penalty is warranted but when they are stupid penalties you do yourself, obviously that is frustrating."

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