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Watch: Argentina's Lavanini sent off for nasty high hit on Farrell

Nigel Owens had no option but to brandish red to the Pumas second row.

Nigel Owens dishes out the punishment.
Nigel Owens dishes out the punishment.
Image: Christophe Ena

FOR THE SECOND week running, England’s Owen Farrell was on the end of a nasty high tackle as Argentina second row Tomas Lavanini saw red in this morning’s World Cup Pool C clash.

After USA flanker John Quill received the tournament’s first red card last weekend for his tackle on the England captain, Nigel Owens was left with no option but to send Lavanini off in Tokyo on Saturday morning.

Lavanini, who has a poor disciplinary record, hit Farrell directly on the head with his left shoulder in the 17th minute, with England leading 5-3 at the time. 

“We have clear foul play,” referee Owens said.

“We have clear contact with the head. There’s a shoulder to the head. I am not seeing enough of a mitigation in my view — the player has not come down a considerable amount of height for the tackler to avoid a red card.”

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