2/10 - Five players who flopped during the Autumn Nations Series this weekend - Ruck

2/10 – Five players who flopped during the Autumn Nations Series this weekend

We take a look at five players who flopped during the second round of the 2022 Autumn Nations Series, which includes one underperforming England star.

#1. Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa)

Wayne Barnes was left with no choice but to send off Pieter-Steph du Toit just 11 minutes in the Springboks clash with France last night.

Commentator Jamie Lyall said .”Ooh. That is not good at all.” as the replay was displayed on the screens around the ground.

Barnes said: “So we’ve got head on head. Okay so let’s talk about that one – we’ve got direct head contact to a player who’s vulnerable on the floor, he’s not looking to move that player, he is leading with the head straight into the head of the player on the floor.

“Do we agree with those facts? There is no mitigation.”

Rugby Pass 2/10: “A post-match review will determine whether or not he had enough time to stop himself before flying into Jonathan Danty’s head with his own. The replays in the immediate aftermath suggested that he could have avoided contact, though he did have the full force of Damian de Allende driving him forward after a nudge from Kwagga Smith.”

Planet Rugby 4/10: “Made little impact during a 12 minute stint on the field before being red carded for a head clash with Jonathan Danty.”

IOL 3/10: “Only lasted for 12 minutes until he got a red card for a dangerous clean-out on Danty, although he was a bit unlucky as he was shoved in the back by Kwagga Smith, which propelled him forward into the French No 12.”