* Lions edge out weakened All Blacks
* Key moments: ABs v Lions
* Player ratings: ABs v Lions
* Reason: A red day for Sonny Bill
* SBW joins the hall of shame
"The red card was a red card, if the ref says it's a red card, you don't have any say in it," he said, telling reporters the effect of the dismissal was obvious. "It was one of those ones that could have been a yellow or a red, but he chose it to be a red so you just have to live with it.
"There's no point whining about it, Sonny didn't use his arms so he put himself at risk, and unfortunately he collected young Anthony's head and put hm at risk. You don't want that and the referee deemed it a red card, so off you go boy."
When Williams departed in the 25th minute with the scores at 3-3 he was the first All Black sent off since the great lock Colin Meads against Scotland. Loose forward Cyril Brownlie was the first All Black sent from the field in a test match, against England in 1925.
New Zealand won both those games with 14 men, beating Scotland 14-3 and England 17-11. This time they lost, 21-24.
Lions coach Warren Gatland described the red card as "just one of those things".
Williams had led with the shoulder, so the referee felt he had no choice, Gatland said,
"It was a significant loss for the All Blacks in terms of a key person, and we were aware of that.'
Williams will now go through the judiciary process.
Hansen said he did not consider Williams had intended to hurt Watson.
Players often got involved in incidents that got them on the wrong side of the law but he did not consider they did that intentionally, he said.
He mentioned Lions prop Mako Vunipola as well, for his two hits on All Blacks first five Beauden Barrett.
He felt players never had the intent to hurt an opponent "but that's what happens".
"Things happen in the heat of the moment, players end up on the wrong side of the law ... all you want from the ref is consistency."
Under the rules of rugby, Williams could have been deemed to have broken more than one.
1. A player must not tackle (or try to tackle) an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. A tackle around the opponent's neck or head is dangerous play.
2. A player must not strike an opponent with the hand, arm or fist, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).
3. A player must not charge or knock down an opponent carrying the ball without trying to grasp that player.
The departure of the big No 12 saw Hurricanes midfield Ngani Laumape make his test debut under the most difficult of circumstances, replacing Williams in a side that had to play the remaining 55 minutes with only 14 men.
Blindside loose Jerome Kaino was sacrificed from the forward pack in order to get Laumape on.the field, in a match played in wet and slippery conditions.
All Blacks fans put up a huge roar in the 53rd minute when Lions prop Vunipola felled Beauden Barrett with a late charge.
Vunipola stayed on, and Barrett kicked the resultant penalty. Moments later Vunipola did Barrett over again and was shown a yellow card.
When he was sent off, Meads had a reputation for 'robust' play. Irish referee Kevin Kelleher gave him his marching orders for a kick aimed toward Scotland first five-eighth David Chisholm.
The Daily Telegraph reported it as "for one with Meads' world-wide reputation for robust play, this was rather like sending a burglar to prison for a parking offence".
Brownlie was dismissed for stamping a player on the ground, after both England and New Zealand went toe-to-toe early. as The Times reported "more than one unpleasant proof that the forwards were taking things too seriously".
Referee Albert Freethy said he had warned the teams, and had no option.
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DEFINITION OF DANGEROUS PLAY - WHY SB WILLIAMS GOT THE RED CARD
Dangerous play in rugby union
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Dangerous play in rugby union is dealt with under the foul play law (Law 10) in the official International Rugby Board (IRB) rugby union law book. It defines foul play as "anything a player does within the playing enclosure that is against the letter and spirit of the Laws of the Game". Under these laws dangerous play includes; punching or striking, stamping or trampling, and kicking.
Max i wonder why he shoulder charged in the first place?
Ben I wonder why he made that decision?
Lucas I wonder how fast he was running when he went in to tackle?
Monique I wonder how good the judge is and what his punishment will be?
Andrei I wonder how many games he will not be able to play?
Harmony I wonder why he let his team down?
Alex I wonder how he is feeling after he did that and hurt the other player?
Stevie I think he let down all of NZ people who support the All Blacks
Kamryn I wonder why he tackled the other player the wrong way
Cooper I wonder how injured the Lion player was?
Alexia I wonder what his punishment will be?
Ella I wonder if he forgot the rules and used the old rules?
Aurora I wonder what the court is called he is going to?
Brooke I wonder if he did it on purpose?
Emerson I wonder if he did it for fun?
Zoe I wonder what the red card is for?
Tom I wonder why he decided to put so much pressure on when he was tackling?
Oliver I wonder why he did a dangerous tackle?
Troy I wonder if other All Blacks have been punished for doing the same thing?
Libby I wonder how hard the tackle was on the Lions player and how hurt he was?
Hazel I think it not OK to not play by the rules
Sam I wonder if someone annoyed him from theLions and he was getting them back?