How Twitter reacted to referee Angus Gardner’s decision not to penalise England’s Owen Farrell for a dangerous tackle.
— SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) November 3, 2018
Penalty and yellow for me. I see how he bounces, but when you watch that, you see that Farrell gets the right shoulder onto the center mass of the player, not out, in a position to wrap. He’s never going wrap.
— Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) November 3, 2018
For own peace of mind, I checked with 3 current International refs on the Farrell “tackle and the decision is unanimous, it should have been the easiest yellow card to Farrell!
— Kobus Wiese (@4KobusWiese) November 3, 2018
Disgraceful. Again where are the officials who are looking after the game!
— David Campese (@Davidcampese11) November 3, 2018
I’m sorry,but that’s a disgraceful call by the Officials,Congrats England!
— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) November 3, 2018
A lot of supporters frustrated with that final hit from Farrell, thought it was a good, fair hit. Don’t think we should be relying on a ref last min decision to win. We had Opportunities to bury the game early and we never took them.
— Keegan Daniel (@KeeganDaniel) November 4, 2018
Regardless of the thoughts on that last tackle… if there’s one action that illustrates Owen Farrell and his value to the team, it’s that. Hard, abrasive on the edge and a match winner 🌹
— ugo monye (@ugomonye) November 3, 2018
From a man who has done extensive work on this for the good of the game, but particularly player welfare. I will say it again, visualize Philip Botha doing this to Damian McKenzie, what it looks like in the moment , and what it looks like for the game of rugby. https://t.co/RS0SULHnB9
— Jonathan Kaplan (@RefJK) November 3, 2018
Great test match. Should it have been a penalty against Farrell? I don’t think so . His arms were up. Mind you it was a tough call . Imagine having to make it in a World Cup Final? Let’s celebrate the spirit and growing organization of the @Springboks
— John Robbie (@John_C_Robbie) November 4, 2018
Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA