Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus 'teaches' Owen Farrell's controversial tackle in training

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2018

Australian referee Angus Gardner was fine with the tackle and blew the final whistle for a 12-11 defeat for the Boks.

Many felt that the tackle should have at least resulted in a penalty being awarded to South Africa which would have given Erasmus' men the opportunity to win the game in what would have been the last kick of the contest. If that is right, we should also start tackling like that.

It means he will be free to play the All Blacks this weekend.

Erasmus and Springboks defence coach Jacques Nienaber subsequently were filmed on Monday showing Esterhuizen how to execute a tackle similar to that made by Farrell. The infamous tackle has the world of rugby divided.

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Nothing upset me about the tackle we just have to latch on that if it is legal, it is effective.

In a video from South Africa's training in Paris, where they are preparing to face France this weekend, Erasmus is seen taking Andre Esterhuizen through three different tackle techniques.

The same message was again relayed at a Springbok press conference in Paris on Monday when assistant coach Mzwandile Stick said: "World Rugby always sets standards and as the Springboks we always make sure we keep up with and follow those standards".

Australian referee Angus Gardner came under heavy criticism after he didn't award South Africa a penalty for what looked like a unsafe and no arms tackle by Farrell on Esterhuizen in the 84th minute of the match.

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