No citing for Owen Farrell


Cape Town - Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has called for consistency in decisions when it comes to unsafe play following Owen Farrell's controversial tackle in the Springboks 12-11 loss to England on Saturday.

But there was drama right at the end when, with 80 minutes on the clock, referee Angus Gardner consulted the television match official to see if fly-half Farrell had committed an illegal "no-arms" tackle on Springbok replacement Andre Esterhuizen.

However, Brown an the world governing body decided against taking any action against Farrell, or indeed and player in the three Quilter Internatiaonal that took place on Saturday. We're a bloody good team.

"Why is it always the most important game?"

Mark Wilson (No 8): 'It was great Owen put a massive shot in and it was a perfectly legal shot in my eyes, and it was a big moment that won us the game'. Because you want to sack me? You only know when you play against the All Blacks. "If I stay long enough you're going to get me sacked, so one day you're going to be happy".

The individual added to Gardner's entry by stating he was named Man-of-the-Match for "turning a blind eye to Owen Farrell's last-minute shoulder charge on Andre Esterhuizen".

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However, Cain did also say that it would be possible for England to secure an almighty upset, providing the stars align for Jones' side.

"To beat the New Zealanders you've got to be unbelievably disciplined", he said.

"New Zealand's a different kettle of fish to the Springboks", said Jones, Australia's coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England in Sydney and a consultant to the 2007 world champion Springboks.

England will be relieved to have available a player described by Eddie Jones as the team's "spiritual leader", but the incident has polarised opinion as the sport continues to tie itself in knots over its crackdown on unsafe tackles.

England co-captain Dylan Hartley described the tackle as "a good, physical hit" and TMO decision was "never in doubt" in his post-match interview.