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Pumas ‘biter’ cited


Argentina No 8 Leonardo Senatore tackles Springbok fullback Willie le Roux Argentina No 8 Leonardo Senatore tackles Springbok fullback Willie le Roux

Argentina No 8 Leonardo Senatore has been cited for allegedly biting Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth, reports JON CARDINELLI in Mendoza.

The incident occurred in the 61st minute of Saturday's match, with the citing commissioner deeming it to have met the red-card threshold for foul play.

Earlier in the second half, flank Francois Louw accused Pablo Matera of eye-gouging, although the Pumas flanker has not been cited.

SARugbymag.co.za understands that Etzebeth has the bite marks on his arm to prove there was indeed a transgression. Louw was seen afterwards with a plaster over his left eyebrow. He declined to comment on the nature of the injury.

Speaking after the game, Bok captain Jean de Villiers said he was disappointed that the two incidents weren't spotted by any of the officials during the game.

Senatore is likely to be punished for a lengthy period, but there is a feeling in the Bok camp that he should have received his marching orders in Saturday's Test.

'It was a very ... unfortunate incident,' De Villiers said, trying to diplomatic. 'There were teeth marks on Eben's arm. Then the referee [Steve Walsh] lost communication with his TMO, and they couldn't check the video replay. So we just decided to play on.'

The Boks still managed to beat the Pumas 22-17 after trailing for most of the contest.

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