Springboks Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has taken to social media to accuse Lions prop Mako Vunipola of a ‘dangerous’ act during the first Test on Saturday night.
During the second half of the match, which the Lions won 22-17, Faf de Klerk was adjudged to kick the ball out on the full when Cheslin Kolbe regathered it in touch.
Tweeting from his verified account, Erasmus insisted that Kolbe was not in touch and that he was played in the air. He then turned his ire on Vunipola, who lifted Kolbe off the floor after he’d stayed down.
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“Cheslin is obviously played in the air and clearly not in touch!” Tweeted Erasmus.
“More importantly for youngster watching this clip, please never move or touch and injured player on the ground, it’s reckless and dangerous.
“Leave this to the [medics].”
Whilst Erasmus has a point, it must also be noted that Kolbe was not injured and finished the game seemingly unimpaired.
It’s a distinct change in tone from Erasmus, who earned plaudits for sending a classy message of congratulations to the Lions on Saturday night.
He said: “No excuses this side! You are far away from home, families and going through same tough covid protocols like we do!
“Congrats and well deserved!”
Since sending that message, Erasmus has retweeted an anonymous account that has posted a video showing alleged infringements from the Lions that were missed in the first Test.
Whilst re-posting the video, Erasmus said: “Thanks. This is rugby – sometimes calls go for you and other times they don’t.”
The account is fairly inactive and uses the same graphics to highlight the infringements as the ones that Erasmus himself used in the video regarding Vunipola.
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It all comes after Erasmus took to Twitter before the first Test to call out Owen Farrell’s tackle technique in response to gripes from Warren Gatland about Faf de Klerk.
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