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'Beast' Mtawarira escapes with a yellow after dangerous tip tackle against Japan

The loosehead should consider himself lucky to return to the field after upending his opposite number.

Updated Oct 20th 2019, 12:32 PM

tendai-mtawarira-tackles-keita-inagaki-resulting-in-a-yellow-card Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

SOUTH AFRICA CAN count themselves lucky to get 15 men back on the field during the first half of their World Cup quarter-final after Wayne Barnes quickly brandished a yellow at Tendai Mtawarira.

The prop dangerously upended Keita Inagaki 10 minutes into the game and the Japanese loosehead landed on his head.

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Referee Wayne Barnes took little time to consider his options and did not consult the TMO for a replay, instead quickly drawing a yellow for the ‘Beast’ who could be grateful it was not a red.

Early in the second half, Barnes took a similarly hasty position when Kotara Matsushima caught Makazole Mapimpi with what amounted flying clothesline when both were chasing a dropping ball.

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The English official declined a chance to review the incident and went back to another penalty. 

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