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Sunday Jan 3, 2021

Owens weighs in on Du Preez challenge which sparked furious reaction from fans

Sale Sharks number eight Daniel du Preez has come under scrutiny for a dangerous tackle made on Gloucester’s Chris Harris during Saturday’s Premiership clash at Kingsholm Stadium.

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The Springbok international hit Harris in the back as the centre had both knees on the floor and while the TMO called play on after review, fans on social media have expressed their disbelief at the decision.

Legendary referee Nigel Owens also weighed in on the debate, insisting there is “no place for that in the game” and said that the tackle is “the type of action we need out of the game”.

While no punishment was given to du Preez, the attention on social media could put pressure on Premiership Rugby to further review the incident.

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