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Watch: Israel Folau Tackles Dillyn Leyds By The Hair And Remarkably, Doesn’t Receive A Card

This afternoon’s Rugby Championship encounter between South Africa and Australia in Bloemfontein was an engrossing affair with both sides drawing with one another for the second time on a final scoreline of 27-27. 

The Wallabies were 13-10 up at halftime and the second half was equally tight as both sides scored a brace of tries a piece which ultimately led to the stalemate.

The Springboks had more of the possession and territory in the game but they were unable to take full advantage of it as a determined Wallabies side put them to the pin of their collar to secure a draw.

One of the major talking points of the game occurred just before halftime when Israel Folau ‘tackled’ Dillyn Leyds.

Leyds was brought down by Folau which what was originally a high tackle around the collar but then Folau got to grips with the Springboks player’s hair and pulls him to the ground accordingly.

The referee did award a penalty for the high challenge but Folau inexplicably escaped sanction for the tackle.

Elton Jantjies had a chance to win the game at the end but his penalty drifted wide to the right of the posts. A draw was probably the right result, in the end, considering that the last penalty for the Springboks began with a move that involved the most forward pass you will likely see this year and for some reason, the officials didn’t spot it.

Folau continued his blistering form in this match, scoring a try after 10 minutes which brings him up to 11 tries in just eight Test matches this year – scoring in all but one Test match.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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