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Referee Angus Gardner says he’s changed his mind regarding Owen Farrell tackle

In hindsight, referee Angus Gardner says he should have penalised Owen Farrell for Andre Esterhuizen tackle.

“I think in hindsight now, having discussed it with some other referees… I think the general consensus would be that a penalty was probably the outcome there that should have been given,” Gardner told Rupert Cox on the Will Greenwood podcast.



“I think we need to see a wrap with both arms, and I think in hindsight – although he got pinned – there wasn’t a big enough wrap from both arms, really. There was a wrap with one arm, but there wasn’t a wrap with the other arm.”

Asked why he saw it different on November 3, Gardner replied: “The angles that I saw with the TMO, which were the head-on angles, showed a clear wrap of the front arm, but it was the back arm which got pinned.


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“Of the angles that I was showed in the stadium at the time, that seemed to me to be enough of a wrap for me to constitute a legal tackle.

“It was never high, and so all we were looking at was the tackle technique. The collision itself also kind of swayed my decision because it was a big rugby collision, and we see these hits in the game.”

Will Greenwood and Rupert Cox were at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco, where where they spoke to award winners Angus Gardner, Doddie Weir and Aphiwe Dyantyi, as well as Peter O’Mahony and Jordan Larmour who reflected on Ireland being crowned team of the year. Click here to listen to the full podcast.

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