Farrell escapes citing for controversial tackle

Farrell escapes citing for controversial tackle

Farrell escapes citing for controversial tackle

Hansen was impressed by how Jones managed to prepare a depleted England side to upset South Africa 12-11 last weekend.

Former professional referee Rob Debney says Owen Farrell's controversial tackle on André Esterhuizen was illegal and should have resulted in a penalty to South Africa.

Citing commissioner Keith Brown had 24 hours from Saturday's final whistle to decide if the challenge had warranted a red card, a move that would have led to a disciplinary hearing.

Pollard booted South Africa, missing key men with the Test falling outside the official worldwide window, into an early lead after Kyle Sinckler strayed offside and England were a man down with 15 minutes played when Itoje was shown a yellow card.

Springbok management provide weekly feedback to Alain Rolland, World Rugby's head of refereeing, on the performances of officials during a said week.

Jonathan Kaplan, a former worldwide referee from South Africa declared Gardner made the wrong decision, adding that Farrell's "arm wrapping around is an afterthought".

"As I've said quite consistently, I leave the TMO to make the decision - they have that much time to make the decision so if they can't make the decision there is no use me making an opinion on it". You've got to be in the game and, when you get the opportunity to score points, you've got to be good enough to take them.

"It can look bad in real time, but when you slow it down it's a chest shot". His counterpart Handre Pollard had a chance to regain the lead for South Africa four minutes from the end but his shot glanced off the right post.

It was Farrell's kick in the 73rd minute that sealed the win.

The visitors scored the only try through Sibusiso Nkosi but an 8-6 half-time lead didn't reflect their total dominance over an England side who did not touch the ball inside the Springboks' 22 during the entire opening period.

Jones said, "We're not the Springboks".

After reviewing footage of the incident, referee Angus Gardner deemed the tackle fair, denying South Africa a kickable penalty to win the game.

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