Israel Folau has come under some severe criticism for butchering a golden opportunity at the end of the Wallabies’ 19-23 loss to Argentina which would have won them the game.
It was a day of upsets in the Rugby Championship as earlier this morning, the Springboks pulled off a shock win against the All Blacks in Wellington.
Argentina continued that trend after recording their second win of this year’s competition.
Although the Wallabies outscored Argentina three tries to two, the Pumas got over the line thanks to converting both of their conversions and three penalties.
At the end of the game, the Wallabies looked all but certain to snatch a win when Israel Folau picked up the ball and charged at a weary and stretched looking Argentina defence.
Folau receives the ball and steps around the tackle from a charging Bautista Ezcurra. He then charges towards the defence in straight line to leave space for Bernard Foley who if he had received the ball, would have run in for a certain try in the corner.
However, Folau decided to step in off his right and when he did, he got smashed by two cover tacklers and subsequently lost the ball in contact.
It seems incredible that he didn’t pass the ball to Foley.
Check out the game-changing moment below:
Butchery of the highest order from Folau with seconds left on the clock. Cost Australia the game. pic.twitter.com/8NzZEtR6Ju
— Cian Tracey (@CianTracey1) September 15, 2018
Israel Folau cost Australia that Test match. Sorry might be harsh but he chose to take on three tacklers when his mate was wide open.. also unsure why the commentators defend that… just selfish football. #AusvsArg
— Bryce Parker (@bryce_parker26) September 15, 2018
— Mark Aynsley (@mikagehage) September 15, 2018
Israel Folau has absolutely cost Australia that Test match. Sorry, but that's just what happened. #AUSvARG
— Vince Rugari (@VinceRugari) September 15, 2018
Israel Folau! The team man. There isn't an international rugby player anywhere in the world who would've done that. Selfish in the extreme. Take your tog bag and go shower at home.
— Noel Batchelder (@nrbatchelder) September 15, 2018
Israel Folau hogged the ball instead of passing it to an unmarked winger and Wallabies lose ? #AUSvARG
— Gerard ?♂️ (@gstzombie) September 15, 2018