Italy lose to South Africa at Rugby World Cup as Andrea Lovotti sees red

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During the South Africa vs Italy Rugby World Cup clash, Andrea Lovotti and Nicola Quaglio performed a very dangerous tip-tackle on Duane Vermeulen.

The referee then simply had no choice but to show the red card to Lovotti, but fans were outraged that Quaglio didn’t get the same punishment.

Wayne Barnes, the referee, was heard saying: “One [Lovotti] has got his leg in the air and then dropped him on his head. Blue One is the worst culprit of the two.”

The fans showed their disapproval on Twitter, with some saying: “That is 2 reds all day long.

"Should’ve been double red. As blatant as it gets.”

Even before the red card, South Africa were winning and in total control of the clash. They eventually won the game and climbed to the top of Rugby World Cup Pool B in the process, overtaking both Italy and New Zealand

With Lovotti being sent off, the task for South Africa became easier as Italy fell to an emphatic 49-3 World Cup defeat.

About the match, Italy’s coach Connor O’Shea said: “I thought the boys fought valiantly, but when you are down in numbers against a great side, it’s just impossible.

“It was 17-3, we had to do something, we get to the start of the second half, we are close to the line and it just crossed stupidity… and then we are down to 14 men.

“They fought until the end, never stopped trying, but when you are down 14 men... it’s difficult to take.

“We’re hurting massively, we came here to really show our best and we didn’t get that opportunity in the second half.” 

About their dominant win, South Africa’s coach Rassie Erasmus said: “It looked easy, but it was a fairly slippery game.

“The red card caught them, because there were stages where they almost came back into the game, but after that it was quite easy for us.”

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