Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira received a yellow card against Japan for a dump tackle on his opposite number Keita Inagaki on Sunday.
The South African veteran was apologetic to referee Wayne Barnes and fans have suggested that Mtawarira deserved a red card instead of yellow.
Barnes did not refer to the TMO but instead gave a yellow card during live play, but the footage suggests that Inagaki’s hips move above parallel in the tackle.
Tendai Mtawarira was so lucky that wasn’t a red card; as a neutral observer i think it should have been. Lifting the legs above horizontal and dumping the player on his head and neck is uncalled for and very dangerous
— Dave wagstaff (@Dave_Waggy) October 20, 2019
Mtawarira alpha tackle. Should have gotten an extra 2 points not a yellow card uno. Games gone mad
— Slenda samacatalogue 🐺 (@sbusteezkat_) October 20, 2019
No replays of Mtawarira’s tackle. Looked like a red #JAPvRSA #RWC2019 #RTErugby
— Pádraigh O’Donovan (@pods_o) October 20, 2019
Mtawarira a very lucky boy to only see yellow.
— Colin McBride (@colin_a_mcbride) October 20, 2019