Clip 4 - 23 March 2017 - Law 10

Cardless grasscutter/tip.

The Lions have the ball going left and Harold Vorster passes to Jacques Nel. Nel takes one step and is brought down by Nicolás Sánchez who goes in at shin height and without grasping Nel with his arms. Nel flies through the air over Sánchez's shoulder, legs in the air and falls to ground. Nel was passing when Sánchez tackled him and the pass went forward. The referee was awarding a scrum to the Jaguares for the forward pass when there was an injury break and he examined Sánchez's tackle on Nel.

Referee's verdict: "He [Nel] was a bit off balance and so it looks worse than it is."

"There were certainly no arms in the tackle and so we are going to go with a penalty."

Nel looks well balanced as he catches, takes a step and is taking a second step. His balance is disturbed by Sanchez's illegal tackle in which Sánchez drives up and effects what is in the same as a tip tackle.

This happens on 44 minutes, which is six playing minutes from Sanchez's previous penalty for foul play, recorded in Clip 5.

It certainly seems a case of repeated infringement, which was the charge brought against Andries Ferreira.

This would seem to be a case of inconsistency.

Each Sanchez's acts of foul play appear more dangerous - worse in effect - than each of Ferreira's.

In playing time they were closer to each other than Ferreira's - six minutes as against 19 minutes.

That in each of Sánchez's infringement, the referee seems to go out of his way to find mitigating circumstances does not create an impression of fairness.

After the match, Sánchez was cited for his leap against Volmink, found guilty and suspended for a week. It means that "didn't look so bad" was thought to be worth a red card.

There was no referral to the TMO in the case of Ferreira's two fouls but in the case of Sánchez the referee had a chance to see the action through replays with the chance for the TMO and assistant referees to intervene.

Consistency makes refereeing more credible. advert