Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

The tackle that had England's Owen Farrell holding his breath

The tackle that had England's Owen Farrell holding his breath

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The hit was described as a "good solid tackle" by England coach Eddie Jones but appeared to divide opinion in the rugby world, and not just on nationality lines.

Having stormed to a 17-Test winning streak at the start of Jones' reign, England have wobbled in the last 12 months, picking up a much-needed 12-11 win over South Africa this weekend, having finished the Six Nations in fifth place.

But the officials decided Farrell had made enough of a legal challenge not to award a penalty that could have seen South Africa snatch victory. 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.

However, former Ireland back Luke Fitzgerald, who was forced to retire at 28 with a neck injury, said that under the new interpretation of the tackle law it should have been a "minimum of a penalty.shocking adjudicating" while Sunday Times journalist Stephen Jones described the decision as ludicrous.

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.

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England's Owen Farrell, Danny Care and Henry Slade celebrate their victory over South Africa on Saturday.

England were without injured forwards, Billy and Mako Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and Joe Launchbury as well as the suspended Nathan Hughes.

The Springboks took a sixth-minute lead through Pollard's 40-metre penalty.

They then conceded a penalty just inside their own half and Daly booted England into a remarkable 9-8 lead.

Back came England, flanker Brad Shields losing possession in sight of a try.

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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