Springboks are disgracefully robbed

Australian referee Angus Gardener should never again referee an international match.

His decision not to card Owen Farrell for an obvious shoulder charge on Andre Esterhuizen was among the most disgraceful home bias decisions. It happened with the last play of the game. Gardener blew the final whistle but was asked by his assistant to refer Farrell’s obvious no arms shoulder charge. Yet Gardener ignored any input from his TMO and felt that Farrell was legal in a challenge that at no time was ever legal.

What an insult to World Rugby’s integrity.

It won’t change the result. It never does because human error too often determines a result that is accepted and never challenged.

Gardener was awful but the Boks  in execution were the equal of Gardener when it comes to incompetence. The Boks controlled so much of this match but basis errors proved costly as Malcolm Marx four times didn’t find his jumpers when in the England red zone. Marx is an exceptional rugby player but when you consistently err in the primary basics of your game, you can’t be the world player of the year.

England kicked four penalties to win a game they should have lost by 20 points. The Boks, who had a chance to win the game when Handre Pollard hit the post with a penalty in the 75th minute, will forever wonder/ponder how they ever lost this Test.

The reality is they did … and it should never have come down to a controversial last minute.

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus got his selection wrong, He got his game management wrong and the Boks got their execution wrong.

Live match commentary

  • 80+1George Kruis has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 80South Africa have won 100 rucks so far this game.
  • 77The defensive line has been broken as Damian de Allende goes through the gap.
  • 77South Africa have won 80 rucks so far this game.
  • 76Mark Wilson has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 76Charlie Ewels comes on for England.
  • 76Brad Shields leaves the field.
  • 76Handre Pollard steps up to take the penalty but pulls it wide and to the right.
  • 74Elton Jantjies comes on.
  • 74Damian Willemse comes off.
  • 74Embrose Papier comes on.
  • 74Ivan van Zyl comes off.
  • 73Mbongeni Mbonami comes on.
  • 73Malcolm Marx comes off.
  • 72England decide to make a substitution, with George Ford getting some game time.
  • 72England decide to make a substitution, with Ben Te’o being replaced.
  • 72The touch judges raise their flags as Owen Farrell kicks the penalty goal.
  • 69What a run here by Brad Shields as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 67Handre Pollard adds the points for South Africa.
  • 65Brad Shields has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 64England make a substitution with Chris Ashton coming on.
  • 64England make a substitution with Jack Nowell coming off.
  • 64England sub Danny Care comes onto the field.
  • 64Ben Youngs departs for England.
  • 64Harry Williams comes on for England.
  • 64Kyle Sinckler leaves the field.
  • 64Lodewyk De Jager comes on.
  • 64Siya Kolisi comes off.
  • 64Wilco Louw comes on.
  • 64Frans Malherbe comes off.
  • 64Thomas du Toit comes on.
  • 64Steven Kitshoff comes off.
  • 63England have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 63Warren Whiteley has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 62Pieter-Steph du Toit has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 61There wasn’t enough power on that penalty goal attempt by Owen Farrell as it drops short of the posts.
  • 59South Africa decide to make a substitution, with Andre Esterhuizen getting some game time.
  • 59South Africa decide to make a substitution, with Sibusiso Nkosi being replaced.
  • 56England make a substitution with Jamie George coming on.
  • 56England make a substitution with Dylan Hartley coming off.
  • 55England have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 54Owen Farrell makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 52Fabulous play by England has led to Maro Itoje being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 50Elliot Daly does the business as his penalty goal attempt goes over.
  • 47Maro Itoje has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 44South Africa have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 44Trouble here as Henry Slade breaches the defence.
  • 41South Africa sub RG Snyman comes onto the field.
  • 41Eben Etzebeth departs for South Africa.
  • 41Zach Mercer comes on for England.
  • 41Tom Curry leaves the field.
  • 40Kyle Sinckler has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 40Ben Moon comes on.
  • 40Alec Hepburn comes off.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40+1The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 40Alec Hepburn has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 38Tom Curry has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 36Owen Farrell makes no mistake with that penalty goal attempt.
  • 34England have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 33Handre Pollard has hooked the conversion to the left of the posts.
  • 32Warren Whiteley sets up the try.
  • 32This is dangerous for the defence as Sibusiso Nkosi bursts through to advance the South Africa attack.
  • 32Great hands by South Africa leads to a try for Sibusiso Nkosi.
  • 32South Africa have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 28A gap opened in the defence and Damian de Allende took full advantage.
  • 20Owen Farrell kicks the penalty.
  • 16South Africa have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 15Maro Itoje (England) is shown a yellow card.
  • 6Handre Pollard has kicked a penalty goal.
  • 2The defensive line has been broken as Jack Nowell goes through the gap.
  •  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.

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