Farrell could yet be punished for controversial tackle

Mae Harvey
November 7, 2018

Curry had started a fourth Test match in a row against South Africa, after being selected at seven for the three-Test series in the summer as well as the victory at Twickenham Stadium.

The hit was described as a "good solid tackle" by England coach Eddie Jones but appeared to divide opinion in the rugby world, and not just on nationality lines.

Gloucester number eight Ben Morgan has not been considered for the second Autumn International due to injury.

A much-needed win for the under-pressure Jones over the Springboks on Saturday ended in controversy, when Owen Farrell's injury-time tackle on André Esterhuizen was referred to the television match official by referee Angus Gardner.

Owen Farrell has been cleared to face New Zealand on Saturday after avoiding disciplinary action for his 84th-minute tackle against South Africa.

Eventually, Gardner decided against awarding the Springboks a kickable penalty that allowed England to hold on for a 12-11 victory.

"The game went for 100 minutes on the weekend, with 39 minutes of ball in play".

"You're going to do it at some stage, you know that". Nothing upset me about the tackle, we just have to latch on that if it is legal.

Injuries have taken their toll on Jones' squad too but that gave him a chance to take a look at several players who have excelled in the early weeks of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season - like Newcastle Falcons' Mark Wilson and Exeter Chiefs' Alec Hepburn.

"Why is it always the most important game?"

"New Zealand's a different kettle of fish to the Springboks", said Jones, Australia's coach when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England in Sydney and a consultant to the 2007 world champion Springboks.

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