Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Farrell could yet be punished for controversial tackle

Farrell could yet be punished for controversial tackle

Citing commissioner Keith Brown had until today to make a decision but the New Zealander elected not to take action against the England co-captain.

Owen Farrell's late penalty snatched a 12-11 victory for injury-hit England in their opening November global as sloppy South Africa were left to rue a lack of ruthlessness at Twickenham.

Meanwhile, South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus showed his bemusement at the judgment of referee Angus Gardner and TMO Olly Hodges.

"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".

"Why is it always the most important game?"

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

"He injured his ankle but beyond that we don't know how long, but for the next three Test matches he'll be unavailable for us - everybody else is available for selection".

What impressed Jones most was the defensive display, masterminded by new defence coach John Mitchell, with England standing firm despite South Africa placing their hosts under siege for virtually the entire first half.

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"When you get in those arm wrestles, someone's got to give".

"He's going for an examination now [Monday afternoon] and the news probably isn't going to be too good".

"(And) you've got to understand their weaknesses".

The Red Rose raised their game in the second half to gain revenge for a 2-1 series defeat in June, Elliot Daly scoring a magnificent long-range penalty and Farrell splitting the posts eight minutes from time after missing an earlier opportunity.

"New Zealand's a different kettle of fish to the Springboks", Jones added.

"They want the game to be an athletic contest".

Gardner wanted to blow the final whistle, but was convinced by his assistant to just check the legality of the tackle with the TMO.

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