South African head coach Rassie Erasmus had a little fun in training this week, following his sides narrow 12-11 loss to England in their first November international of the year.
One of the main talking points from the weekend’s clash came late in the game when England’s Owen Farrell somehow escaped any sanctions for a dangerous tackle on Springbok André Esterhuizen.
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.
South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus was asked about the tackle after the game and gave a brilliant sarcastic response, saying the tackle was very “effective” and that “we should do it.”
Great reply from Rassie! In future if we do it I wonder if we will get penalized 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/Hdc7tuySCh
— Rob Louw (@roblouw6) November 4, 2018
“If it was ‘legal’ we should just do it. Because it’s very effective.” Erasmus said
“Obviously to tackle a guy like André Esterhuizen like that and stop him in his tracks that’s unbelievable. So we’ll just have to try and practice that.”
Erasmus proved that he is a man of his word as video footage from Springbok training shows the former Munster coach teaching one of his players the same technique that Owen Farrell used against Esterhuizen.
South Africa practicing those "legitimate" tackles pic.twitter.com/Uk6NcmwcTH
— Petri van Zyl (@Petrivz) November 6, 2018
Farrell is available to lead England against world champions New Zealand next weekend after it was announced he would face no disciplinary action for the controversial tackle.