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Rassie Erasmus seen taking a dig in training after controversial Owen Farrell tackle

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England somehow fought there way past a dogged and determined South Africa on the weekend to kick-start their Autumn internationals with a much-needed win. 

Eddie Jones' team beat the Springboks by one point on Saturday evening, thanks to three penalties from Owen Farrell and one from Elliot Daly to edge out the visitors. 

Nevertheless, the game ended in controversy as Farrell was the subject of a TMO decision after a potentially dangerous tackle on Andre Esterhuizen allowed the hosts to regain possession and kick the ball out of play.

Fortunately for Farrell, match referee Angus Gardner decided to take no further action and deemed the hard-hitting tackle fair, much to anger from the South African contingent.

The tackle has provoked a lively debate on social media with various ex-pros and pundits weighing in with their thoughts.

Brian O'Driscoll tweeted: "Reckon the ref got that Farrell hit spot on! Not enough evidence that there was no attempt to wrap an arm. Collision was MASSIVE."

While Brian Moore also used Twitter to post: "I'm saying either both Farrell and Snyman were guilty or neither - consistency."

South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus was understandably angered by the decision and was deliberately sarcastic when discussing the incident afterwards.

Three days on and it appears Erasmus is still feeling a little bitter after a video emerged of him appearing to 'coach' the Farrell tackle following the English fly-half's attempt to win the ball was deemed fair and he escaped a citing. 

SA Rugby magazine tweeted the video on Tuesday morning with the caption 'Rassie Erasmus shows @Andre_301207 how he should be tackling following the Owen Farrell incident.'

As you can see, Erasmus clearly tells Esterhuizen that he is not tackling right, showing instead he should be hitting around the chest area instead. 

Undoubtedly this is just for show and a bit of fun, but it is clear the South Africans have not quite got over the decision just yet. 

The Springboks are back in action when they travel to France on Saturday evening while England will be hoping for a better performance as a showdown with the All Blacks takes place at Twickenham on the same day.  

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