Farrell could yet be punished for controversial tackle


South Africa were believed to be privately livid with Gardner's decision but, while it was precisely the kind of upright tackle World Rugby are attempting to outlaw, the absence of any contact with Esterhuizen's head has worked in Farrell's favour as a citing is only made if the incident is deemed worthy of a red card.

World Rugby confirmed on Sunday night Farrell has not been cited for his tackle on André Esterhuizen in the dying moments of England's 12-11 victory as it did not meet the red card threshold in the eyes of the citing commissioner, Keith Brown.

The majority will only recall South Africa literally throwing away a game they should have won and the dubious late decision not to penalise Owen Farrell for exactly the type of hit World Rugby wants to outlaw. He ran it hard, it was hard to get your arms up.

However, Cain did also say that it would be possible for England to secure an almighty upset, providing the stars align for Jones' side. "A real show of resistance, a lot of toughness in our play". "It's more looking forward to playing them and I'm sure they're looking forward to playing us".

"We know it's going to be a big test".

Ex-England halfback Matt Dawson said that if the shoe was on the other foot, England's players would be crying foul.

No tries for England in a tight 12-11 win over Springboks ahead of next week's clash with the All Blacks.

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England were without injured forwards, Billy and Mako Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and Joe Launchbury as well as the suspended Nathan Hughes.

Then a hanging cross-kick was superbly caught by a leaping Nkosi, but the right wing was held up just short of the try-line before a scrambling Itoje was sin-binned.

One point the difference in the end, Jones savoured the precarious positive vibes his squad is now embracing, following two wins from their past seven tests, as he extolled the benefits of the narrowest of victories gained exclusively through penalties.

Pollard had a chance to win it from the tee in a tense finale, but the fly-half was unable to edge South Africa back in front.

Pollard missed the conversion, and minutes later Farrell cut South Africa's lead to 8-6 with a well-struck penalty from wide on the left. Then they will look at the second half where they landed some punches on the Springboks and put them under pressure.

Wikipedia was at it again at the weekend after Angus Gardner, the referee in the Springboks' Test against England, had his entry edited to "reflect" his newfound "fame" in a uniquely South African way.