Forty minutes into the Ireland South Africa first test and not much separates the two nations.
After Ireland had come out of the dressing room displaying a clear purpose of intent with Jared Payne putting his side ahead with a try, a controversial moment occurred which is sure to have a defining impact on how the rest of the game, and indeed the series, will play out.
When closing down on a clearing kick by South African Pat Lambie, Ireland flanker CJ Stander made a leap in an attempted block down which unfortunately carried through and viciously took out the Springbok leaving him mercilessly unconscious on the floor with arms sprayed out.
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Somewhat controversially Mathieu Raynal interpreted the collision as deserving of a red card and took the decision to end Stander’s time on the field prematurely.
When on second viewing of the collision it is clear to see that there was no malicious intent from Stander’s part, and perhaps due to the unfortunate nature of the resulting head injury on Lambie, was no more deserving of a yellow at most.
But whats done is done, and with Robbie Henshaw currently serving a spell in the sin bin, Ireland’s backs are firmly against the wall.