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Rassie Erasmus trains André Esterhuizen to dish out 'Owen Farrell tackle'

08 November 2018

The match-defining moment has many wondering about the interpretations of the law.

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

We will never forget the disco lights and colour-coded boards at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein when Erasmus was in charge of the Cheetahs.

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus is clearly still incensed by Owen Farrell's armless, unpunished "tackle" during Saturday's clash at Twickenham.

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Erasmus, whose side face France in Paris this weekend, consequently headed out to the training ground and, conscious the cameras were on him, took Esterhuizen to one side to show him how to tackle just like Farrell.

"It's good to welcome Faf, Willie, Cheslin and the others back into the squad", South Africa's Director of Rugby and head coach said Rassie Erasmus said in a press release.

"We will not be commenting on the video", Rumbles told Sport24 by email.

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.

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"I think all of the youngsters did really well", he said.

Nevertheless, the game ended in controversy as Farrell was the subject of a TMO decision after a potentially risky tackle on Andre Esterhuizen allowed the hosts to regain possession and kick the ball out of play.

"It was not worthy of a red card and it was right that World Rugby did not cite the player, but there's not much doubt that it should have been a penalty", Watson said.

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Rassie Erasmus trains André Esterhuizen to dish out 'Owen Farrell tackle'