In the first play of the game between the Springboks and Los Pumas at Ellis Park on Saturday, South African number nine Grant Williams had to go off after getting knocked out from a block down.
People all have different opinions on this matter did the Irish referee make the right call? We think he did, it was a ‘rugby incident’ but here are some of the strong views of the others online.
It takes Brace over 10 seconds to do anything. And the first thing he does is award Argentina a penalty, not stop the game to allow Williams to get urgent medical attention.
I would say it's amateur, but there are amateur referees who would've handled it far better. https://t.co/8Jj2YdpgPT
— Dylan Jack (@dylmjack) July 29, 2023
Cool. So if a tackler makes contact with the ball before spear tackling a player, it's all good? https://t.co/hhn9ewtKYD
— Dylan Jack (@dylmjack) July 30, 2023
Imagine for a second this was Eben Etzebeth flying through the air into Johnny Sexton, knocking him out in the process! Red card, lengthy ban and he would miss the World Cup. Multiple of articles about how dirty SA rugby players are and the like! The laws and sanction’s… https://t.co/339dds84DZ
— Captain Springbok (@CaptSpringbok) July 29, 2023
The rights and wrongs of challenge etc doesn’t worry us as much as the fact that play is allowed to continue with a player unconscious and prone on the field.
— Progressive Rugby (@ProgressiveRug) July 29, 2023
— Luvuko Nombembe (@luvukonombembe) July 29, 2023
Can someone please tell me how on earth this wasn't a red card?
— Philip Bendon (@PBendon) July 29, 2023
A lot of people saying this is a red card, it’s not as he charges the ball down first before the contact and Andrew Brace was correct that it’s a rugby incident pic.twitter.com/564MFnSs4m
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) July 29, 2023
The rugby is really kicking off now, with the warm up matches for the World Cup set to get under way next weekend. It’s and exciting time if your a rugby supporter. We can’t wait for the action, who’d you money on to win the World Cup?