Farrell cleared to take on All Blacks

Ruben Holloway
November 7, 2018

Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale was the latest to express his view on Farrell's tackle ahead of Australia's test with Wales in Cardiff on Saturday (Sunday NZ time), calling for consistency with decisions.

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.

Had Farrell been cited by commissioner Keith Brown, Farrell's availability for England's clash with New Zealand next weekend would have come under threat.

His controversial no-arms tackle stopped Andre Esterhuizen in the last move of the match.

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus' response to the Farrell incident was laced with sarcasm.

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"If that's the only way you can stop people and tackle like that, and it's in the rules, then we should tackle like that".

"The most important thing is what we do next", Jones answered.

"I don't understand this guys".

When asked if he had wrapped enough arm around Esterhuizen, Farrell added: "That's what the referee said and that's what is most important". We're a bloody good team.

"As soon as anyone goes to the big screen you are (nervous)", Farrell told reporters.

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"I just think the game is getting more intense".

Former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll said the referee got the decision "spot on" while former Australia lock Justin Harrison said "just because you don't wrap doesn't mean it a shoulder charge, when laws of physics mean it's a bounce effect".

Jones hinted at frustration with the penalties conceded, though, and Maro Itoje was sin-binned early on.

"They want the game to be an athletic contest". It was a good Test match game of rugby today.

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