Relief for England as Owen Farrell escapes action over tackle

Lynette Rowe
November 6, 2018

"Once you've got that, then you've got an opportunity to put yourself in the position where you think about winning the game".

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

"Tom Curry is off to see the doctor so we'll know more about him today but we're sadly pessimistic about his chances". We've lost a few games, we played tough and we won.

However, South Africa, who were without Sale Sharks' Faf de Klerk and Wasps' Willie le Roux, were on the front foot on the off and lead through Pollard's penalty. The action continues on Saturday against New Zealand before clashes against Japan and Australia.

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". "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". Because you want to sack me? When they win the whole country's buoyant, when they lose GDP falls and unemployment goes up. Imagine if Theresa May comes out and says: "'We got the result because we hung in there.' I don't think that's going to happen".

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This was England's first match since Jones had brought former All Blacks coach John Mitchell into his backroom staff as defence supremo.

Jones also believes rugby games should have two referees in light of the increasing number of controversial decisions.

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

With Curry highly unlikely to recover by the weekend, Jones said Sam Underhill and Mark Wilson are next in line to wear the No 7 jersey.

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 past year.

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