Rassie Erasmus Tweets Owen Farrell Tackle Clip From Wednesday Night In Response To Faf De Klerk Controversy
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Rassie Erasmus has hit back on Twitter following comments made by British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland following a controversial tackle by South Africa nine, Faf de Klerk.
The scrumhalf was yellow-carded for a no-arms hit on Lions flanker Josh Navidi on Wednesday night but many feel, including Gatland, that the challenge warranted a harsher punishment for the Sale Sharks halfback.
Referee on the night, Jaco Peyper, felt there was no contact to the head, but it’s difficult to see how he came to that conclusion the more you watch the clip back.
“I can’t understand where the comments were that there was no contact to the head,” Gatland said yesterday.
“Someone was watching a different picture to me. I thought it looked reckless to me. No arms and he’s hit the arm first and then the shoulder, but there’s definitely head-on-head contact.
“We’ve got a meeting with the referees tomorrow just to get a bit of clarity on that. What we want is clarity so that we get complete consistency. The citing commissary looks at those things.
“It’ll be interesting to see what the referees come back with and what other people who have looked at come back with in terms of what the recommendations were for that incident.”
And now in response to those comments made by Gatland, Springboks director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, has Tweeted a clip of Owen Farrell making a rather suspect hit on Wednesday night. Have a look a the clip below yourself. Does Rassie have a point?
If there is time maybe also get absolute clarity and alignment on this one please, I know its way after the whistle, but lets just align and get clarity to be sure pic.twitter.com/6MKvHY4662
— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) July 16, 2021