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Tomas Lavanini Sees Red For Nasty High Shot On Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell Red Card

At halftime, England lead Argentina 15-3 in a fiery encounter at the Tokyo Stadium. 

Argentina are in must-win territory after their previous loss to France but they face an uphill task to keep their Rugby World Cup dreams alive after they were reduced to just 14 men after 18 minutes.

Argentina opened the scoring with a penalty from Benjamin Urdapilleta after some good early pressure but England hit back immediately with a try in the corner from Jonny May after some excellent maul work spearheaded by Maro Itoje.

On 18 minutes, the game turned on its head after Tomas Lavanini hit Owen Farrell high and late. Referee Nigel Owens originally thought the tackle was fair and waved play on but the TMO intervened and upon reflection, there was only ever going to be one decision.

Lavanini hit Farrell high with his shoulder and there was not enough mitigation to reduce the offence from a red to a yellow.

Check it out below:

Elliot Daly crossed for England’s second try and then Ben Youngs went over for England’s third with the clock in the red to give Eddie Jones’ side a 15-3 lead at halftime.

Farrell has missed four attempts at goal (three conversions and one penalty attempt).

Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter

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