VIDEO: Read gets away with cheap shot on Bok star
NEWS: Footage has revealed that All Blacks captain Kieran Read got away with a cheap shot during his team’s World Cup Pool opener against the Springboks on Saturday.
The incident happened in the 45th minute of the match when Pieter-Steph du Toit attempted to tackle All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith after a line-out.
However, Read stops Du Toit from doing this with what looks like a tackle around the neck area.
The incident was not spotted by officials.
Watch the video below:
Watch Kieran Read. Nothing given. pic.twitter.com/MLqVgudSoD
— Patrick Murphy (@PM8490) September 21, 2019
However, according to fans there were high tackles committed by both teams on the field.
One supporter believes there were two high tackles on All Blacks star Ardie Savea, while Joe Moody has also come under-fire on Monday for a hit with no arms on Bok hooker Malcolm Marx.
The All Blacks won the match 23-13.
All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster did not want to comment directly on the incident on Monday.
“I think the game needs to be reassured we are probably the most scrutinised World Cup we’ve ever had with the amount of cameras on and what people are looking at, and citing commissioners and TMOs. You’ve just got to have faith in that programme rather than reacting to social media,” Foster said.
Read was not cited.
Additional sources: Stuff & NZ Herald
Wonder what the @allblacks say about this? Clear professional foul, around the neck, nowhere near the ball? Will @worldrugby do anything? Probably just bury their heads in the sands. It’s their all blacks after all… https://t.co/yU8ynC3ZNN
— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) September 22, 2019
There were 2 neck high tackles on Savea yesterday with one going on for a few seconds. Would you like to show that too? I wish we would stop complaining abt referees. He was poor both ways. Doing this just make us look like bad losers. Stop playing the victim
— Regan (@RJStephens77) September 22, 2019
No card for the clear sinbin offence from the Springbok 14? SA should have been down to 14 men but as usual the Springboks were given a free pass by the referee and @worldrugby. Erasmus clearly got into the refs head with all his prematch bleating.
— LockM (@Lock_Shark) September 22, 2019