Why Owen Farrell’s tackle was controversial

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Farrell shapes to tackle Esterhuizen, who has stepped inside after an arcing run. Both players dip before contact

Direction

of tackle

But when André Esterhuizen cuts inside, the angle makes it harder for Farrell to get his arms around him and the hit comes from the shoulder

Point of

shoulder

contact

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Farrell's shoulder connects with Esterhuizen just below the neck but the referee ruled the hit was below the requisite shoulder height

Some observers said Farrell was trying to rip the ball rather than use his arms in the tackle

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As the tackle continues, Farrell's arm appears to reach around Esterhuizen which the referee said was enough of an attempt to grasp him

1

Farrell shapes to tackle Esterhuizen, who has stepped inside after an arcing run. Both players dip before contact

But when André Esterhuizen cuts inside, the angle makes it harder for Farrell to get his arms around him and the hit comes from the shoulder

Direction

of tackle

Some observers said Farrell was trying to rip the ball rather than use his arms in the tackle

Point of

shoulder

contact

2

Farrell's shoulder connects with Esterhuizen just below the neck but the referee ruled the hit was below the requisite shoulder height

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As the tackle continues, Farrell's arm appears to reach around Esterhuizen which the referee said was enough of an attempt to grasp him