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Watch: Viewers Rage As Owen Farrell Escapes Punishment For Heavy Hit

Watch: Viewers Rage As Owen Farrell Escapes Punishment For Heavy Hit
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

England have begun the Autumn internationals with a narrow 12-11 win over South Africa at Twickenham. However, with the clock a few minutes in the red, a late tackled from England's Owen Farrell was contentiously judged to have been fair.

Appearing to lead with the shoulder and demonstrating no clear attempt to wrap his arms around the South African runner, a consolation with the TMO somehow left the match referee confident that the tackle was fair.

You can come to your own decision.

Needless to say, not many of those watching today's tie were necessarily convinced the referee had reached the correct conclusion.

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Speaking post-match, co-captain Dylan Hartley believed it was 'never in doubt,' and his fellow co-captain Farrell had merely put in a 'good physical tackle.'

Trailing 6-8 at the half-way mark, England were a touch fortuitous to be even that close to the dominant Springboks.

After a much more impressive second-half display, it was Farrell who kicked the winning penalty that may allow Eddie Jones and England salvage a modicum of satisfaction from 2018.

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