South Africa finished out their Rugby Championship Campaign with a strong 38 – 21 victory over Argentina.
The Boks started strongly as they rushed out to a 14-point lead early on before the Pumas came back into the contest.
Once again, the officiating was a key point of contention with South African fans reeling from a number of decisions.
None more so than a yellow card that was handed out to Bok enforcer Eben Etzebeth for a push that the referee felt caused a Pumas player to fall dangerously in the air.
Continuing the trend of match officials being heavily influential in another Rugby Championship contest, six yellow cards were dished out in total.
Unfortunately for the Springboks, their 17 point win sees them fall just short on points difference on the overall table as the All Blacks retained their title in what was an up and down competition for them too.
I cannot explain that yellow carding of Eben Etzebeth.
Wish I could, but I can’t.
Damon Murphy saw something everyone didn’t.
— Dylan Jack (@dylmjack) September 24, 2022
Look forward to anyone in rugby officialdom being able to justify that yellow card for Eben Etzebeth. Hope it is removed from his record on review.
— Matt Pearce (@MattP555) September 24, 2022
#RSAvsARG piss poor refereeing. Call against @EbenEtzebeth is an absolute joke.
— James Calmeyer (@CalmeyerJames) September 24, 2022
60′ A joke of a yellow card for Eben Etzebeth 🙄#RSAvARG #RugbyChampionship
— Ashfak Mohamed (@ashfakmohamed) September 24, 2022
@WorldRugby is fucked! Well and truly fucked! @EbenEtzebeth pushes a blocker and gets yellow carded. Oh, and the fucking Argentinian player rolls three times to milk it. I hate soccer, now I’m watching it! #RSAvARG
— 𝕀 𝕒𝕞 𝕒𝕟 𝔸𝕗𝕣𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕟 🌍🇿🇦 (@Clint_ZA) September 24, 2022
SHOCKER of a call on @EbenEtzebeth 😡 It’s calls like these that chase supporters away – apart from the myriad of over policed game laws which confuse everyone – including the referee’s!! Bring back hard #rugby with fewer laws! #Springboks #SAvsARG
— Dave Nosworthy (@DONCRICKET) September 24, 2022