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Watch: Erasmus Takes The Piss In Training After Owen Farrell Tackle Goes Unpunished

Watch: Erasmus Takes The Piss In Training After Owen Farrell Tackle Goes Unpunished

The debate raging in rugby about the definition of the tackle escalated last weekend after England's Owen Farrell escaped punishment for a hit on South Africa's André Esterhuizen during the game at Twickenham. Farrell was not cited for the incident, something South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus seems to have noticed.

The England co-captain hammered his shoulder into Esterhuizen and prompted referee Angus Gardner to review it. After first determining the height, the Australian ref then looked at the wrap as the law requires the tackler to use their arms. No penalty was given and the citing commissioner decided against citing him.

 

It has provoked a lively debate amongst current and former players as well as media and fans.

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Speaking after the game, South Africa head coach Erasmus said: "if it was legal, we should just do it because it is very effective." Now, footage has emerged of him teaching Esterhuizen how to tackle, given Farrell's attempt was deemed a legal hit.

Erasmus's jibe, while comical, does reflect the significant grey area that has come to be associated with a legal tackle. Whatever the definition, at the very least it stakeholders should be able to expect consistency.

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