Rassie Erasmus is confident that Jesse Kriel won’t get cited for his tackle on Scotland No eight Jack Dempsey in the opening-round World Cup clash yesterday.
The Springboks opened their Rugby World Cup title defence with an 18-3 victory over Scotland in Marseille, after taking a narrow 6-3 lead into half-time.
During a closely contested first half, Scotland felt that Kriel should have been given his marching orders, as the midfielder appeared to make head-on-head contact in a tackle on Scottish back-row Dempsey.
England’s loose forward Tom Curry had a yellow card for a similar-looking tackle upgraded to a red by the Foul Play Review Bunker during their opening-round win over Argentina.
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Erasmus was asked about Kriel’s tackle during an online media briefing this afternoon.
“We are comfortable that they haven’t cited him and we are very sure that there won’t be a citing,” Erasmus said.
“There definitely wasn’t head-on-head contact, it was a tackle on the ball. He moved up after making the tackle on the ball.
“I’ve seen a few stills where that were taken just after Jesse made direct contact on the ball. You can make any tackle like that look really bad. If you look a millisecond or a second or two back, you will see that he clearly tackled on the ball.
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“So, yeah, we are very happy with how it was refereed. We are happy with the decision that was made. I will be very surprised that, with first contact on the ball, there will be anything from that.”
Erasmus added that he felt Scotland fly-half Finn Russell’s shoulder charge on Kurt-Lee Arendse, which left the Springbok wing with a cut on the head, was ‘much closer’ to head contact.
Next up for the Springboks is a match against minnows Romania in Bordeaux on Sunday.
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