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England Fans Question Why Tadhg Furlong Was Not Punished For Slade 'Clothesline'

England Fans Question Why Tadhg Furlong Was Not Punished For Slade 'Clothesline'
By Gary Connaughton

Ireland got the job done against England this evening, although it was not the most convincing performance from Andy Farrell's side in Twickenham.

Despite having a numerical advantage after England's Charlie Ewels was sent off in the second minute of the game, Ireland were very sloppy in numerous aspects of their play. A number of loose passes went astray, while their handling was suspect at times. There were also utterly dominated in the scrum despite the home side being without on their forwards.

England certainly deserve some credit for the way they reacted to the early red card, although some are unhappy with some of the refereeing decisions that went against them.

It has been questioned why no Irish player was sent to the bin despite continual infringements in the scrum, while others believe Ireland were perhaps a tad fortunate to not be punished for an early high tackle of their own.

England fans fume over Tadhg Furlong hit

The incident occurred in the 12th minute, with Tadhg Furlong making heavy contact with Henry Slade after the Englishman intercepted a Jamison Gibson-Park pass. You can watch the footage below.

The referee opted not to review the incident, while the TMO also did not recommend that the officials take another look.

A number of England fans were not happy at what they labelled as obvious refereeing inconsistencies.

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A red card for Furlong here certainly would have put a very different complexion on the game, although the officials clearly felt that there was very little in this incident.

While it took some time, Ireland would eventually make their man advantage count with two tries in the final ten minutes to wrap up the victory and secure a bonus point. They now go into the final weekend of the tournament still harbouring some hope of being crowned champions.

SEE ALSO: Jonny Wilkinson Believes Early England Red Card May Have Actually 'Rattled' Ireland

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