Latest from the Lions’ camp as tourists prepare for second Test and respond to Rassie Erasmus’ allegations

Lions defence coach Steve Tandy has urged Rassie Erasmus to stick to the proper channels when debating refereeing decisions.

The Springboks’ director of rugby took to social media to repost a video tweeted by an anonymous account highlighted alleged Lions infringements that were missed by officials in the first Test.

He also publicly accused the Lions’ Mako Vunipola of a ‘reckless and dangerous’ act during the match.

“Being a bit of a dinosaur and not being on Twitter, I’m hearing a lot of hearsay,” said Tandy.

“It’s his view. We thought the officials did a good job and we’ll continue going through the proper channels.

“It’s a tough job and I know everyone moans about decisions. There’s a frustration, but it’s a tough job and if we can keep it to the proper channels, that’s the best way.”

Giving his take on incident, Vunipola added: “What do I remember? I remember just trying to get the ball.

“I saw he’d gone down and it was done in the heat of the moment. He seemed alright. He played on for the rest of the match.

“I guess if he was really hurt, it was a bit reckless. But I felt the collision wasn’t that bad. We were behind at the time and we wanted some tempo. If I did hurt him, I apologise.”


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