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“It is inexcusable” – South Africa escape Kriel purple card in win v Scotland

The Springboks prevailed 18-3 however might have been right down to 14 males after two minutes

You can have been forgiven for having deja vu. Two minutes in to an enormous pool conflict on the Stade Velodrome and there’s a large conflict of heads. However whereas Tom Curry noticed purple for England towards Argentina on Saturday evening, South Africa centre Jesse Kriel’s collision with Scotland No 8 Jack Dempsey was not even reviewed on area in Marseille, to the ire of these in tartan.

TV replays confirmed a transparent head-on-head contact and with Kriel upright and seemingly with a transparent line of sight of his opponent, whose head bounced again within the collision, he would have been sweating on a possible sanction.

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But regardless of each captain Jamie Ritchie and fly-half Finn Russell approaching referee Angus Gardener there was no intervention both from the Australian or his TMO Ben Whitehouse, one thing former Scotland captain John Barclay described as “weird” after the sport, which completed 18-3 to the Springboks, on ITV.

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At half-time within the conflict, when the sport was nonetheless effectively poised at 6-3, Barclay let rip on the failure to evaluation Kriel’s sort out. He stated: “The confusion is you hear captains converse to the referees and so they say, ‘We’re all the time wanting’. You’re two minutes into the sport and we’ve received an incident that may be a purple card. It’s a purple card.

“He comes from a distance, clear line of sight, no drop in peak and he applies power. It’s head on head. That’s a purple card. The way in which the sport is refereed now, whether or not you prefer it or not, that may be a purple card. And we noticed a really comparable incident final evening (with Tom Curry) which was given as a yellow then upgraded within the bunker to a purple.

“That is the place the sport will get a bit messy as in these situations the place they give the impression of being very comparable, yeah from barely totally different positions from a kick or no matter, however that’s a purple card. And the truth that has not even been seen or reviewed is inexcusable.”

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