Rassie Erasmus shows Esterhuizen how to implement new tackling strategy

England's Owen Farrell makes a challenge on South Africa's Andre Esterhuizen REUTERS  Toby Melville

England's Owen Farrell makes a challenge on South Africa's Andre Esterhuizen REUTERS Toby Melville

Cape Town - The Springboks are adamant they will be trying to emulate Owen Farrell's "legitimate" tackle when they tackle France in Paris on Saturday.

A video has emerged of Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus and defense coach Jacques Nienaber taking centre Andre Esterhuizen through a tackle drill which appears to immitate the no arms tackle made by England's Owen Farrell in the 12-11 defeat at Twickenham.

Former South African referee Andre Watson, who officiated two Rugby World Cup finals, meanwhile, said on Monday that Farrell's tackle on Esterhuizen was "undoubtedly a penalty".

Austin Healey's response to the video made us laugh!

Farrell faced no punishment after World Rugby, the global governing body, confirmed on Sunday night that the independent match commissioner had studied events at Twickenham and deemed no citings were required. "So we'll just have to try and practice that".

Immediately after the loss against England, Erasmus said: "We should start tackling like that and execute it like that".

"Obviously to tackle a guy like André Esterhuizen like that and stop him in his tracks that's unbelievable".

During a press conference, Erasmus, very sarcastically, admitted that Farrell's tackle was very good and that if World Rugby says it's a legal tackle, then maybe the Boks should start tackling like that. "There is no sarcasm at all".

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