British & Irish Lions need Rassie Erasmus to boost points via ‘acceptable channels’


British & Irish Lions assistant coach Steve Tandy believes South Africa’s Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, ought to direct complaints about tough play from the vacationers via the suitable channels somewhat than social media.

Erasmus retweeted a video from Saturday’s first Check that he says reveals Springboks winger Cheslin Kolbe being taken out within the air, touchdown on his again and being forcefully lifted to his toes by Lions prop Mako Vunipola earlier than medical personnel might attend to him. He known as Vunipola’s actions “reckless and harmful”.

“Cheslin is clearly performed within the air and clearly not direct into contact. Extra importantly for kids watching this clip, please by no means transfer or contact an injured participant on the bottom, its reckless and harmful! Depart this to the [medics],” Erasmus stated in his tweet.

Vunipola addressed Erasmus’ feedback in a press convention on Monday, when he rejected the South African’s declare.

“I bear in mind making an attempt to get the ball in however I noticed that he’d gone down,” Vunipola stated.

“Within the warmth of the second, you react how you’d usually. He gave the impression to be alright, he performed on within the recreation, so it wasn’t that reckless, was it?

“I assume if he was actually damage then it was a bit reckless, however I simply felt just like the collision wasn’t that dangerous.

“If I did damage him then I do apologise.”

Erasmus, who coached the Boks to the Rugby World Cup title in 2019, final week tweeted movies displaying what he claimed was foul play from the Lions.

“It’s his viewpoint, we thought the officers did a superb job on the weekend, and if there may be something we have to convey up we are going to undergo the suitable channels,” Tandy stated on Monday.

“We simply have to fret about we do and do our speaking on the sphere. Rassie’s feedback are his personal. We’re simply specializing in what we have to tidy up to ensure we’re good and clear about how we go about issues.”

Tandy stated there was a hazard that video games would go on too lengthy if every bit of potential foul play had been analysed by the Tv Match Official.

“We do not need the video games occurring without end,” he stated.

“It’s the main calls you wish to get proper, and spend the suitable time on them. However the little bits…for the officers there are such a lot of issues occurring in a recreation.

“As a crew it’s about micro-analysing the match [afterwards]; we do this ourselves. However it’s then about elevating those [foul play] which are related via the suitable channels.”

The Lions gained the bruising first Check 22-17 in Cape City, and can meet the Boks on the identical venue within the second recreation of the three-match collection on Saturday.

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