Former Professional Referee Has His Say On That Owen Farrell Tackle

Sherman Parsons
November 6, 2018

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. He said: 'The intensity of the hits is higher. We managed to go into half-time to be in a position where we could still win the game and I'm really pleased with the way the players stuck at it. You'll come in and say ' ah, fantastic, we've got another bloke we can terrorise'.

"Manu is back and progressing well - we're cautiously optimistic he'll be available this week, the same with Courtney Lawes".

Frustrated Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus was left to bemoan Farrell's challenge, saying acidly: "If it was all legal - and I didn't have a good look at the replay - we should start tackling like that".

England have compiled a dossier on how to beat the All Blacks based on information from the British & Irish Lions players who toured New Zealand previous year.

Pollard had a chance to win it from the tee in a tense finale, but the fly-half was unable to edge South Africa back in front. It was a good Test match game of rugby today. So does Jones think England should take some lessons from how victory was won? We don't play like the Springboks so it's hard to replicate things the Springboks did.

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

"I don't think he plays differently for us whether he plays 10 or 12".

"Zero, mate", Jones replied.

That, however, may not be the end of the matter with citing commissioner Keith Brown - who is himself from New Zealand - having 24 hours from Saturday's final whistle to decide if further disciplinary action should be taken.

"You can get cited for something you did at a party when you were 15, anything could happen", he said. "They're the best team in the world and that's exciting for us but in terms of preparation, the preparation's about getting better and that's the same for every Test match we play".

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