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Rassie responds to questionable calls: 'Sometimes they go for you, other times they don't'

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Rassie Erasmus. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Rassie Erasmus. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

SA Rugby's director of rugby Rassie Erasmus says questionable calls in rugby games are part and parcel of the sport.

Erasmus was responding on Twitter after users of the social media platform highlighted a few incidents that went against the Springboks in Saturday's 22-17 defeat to the British & Irish Lions in Cape Town.

Some of the incidents included Bok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk being hit late and winger Cheslin Kolbe taken out in the air, while many pundits also felt that Lions replacement Hamish Watson deserved a yellow card for a tip tackle on fullback Willie le Roux.

"Thanks. This is rugby - sometimes calls go for you and other times they don't," Erasmus tweeted in response to the calls.

Regarding the Kolbe incident, Erasmus added: "Cheslin is obviously played in the air and clearly not direct into touch!!More importantly for youngsters watching this clip!!!! Please never move or touch an injured player on the ground, its reckless and dangerous!"

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After Saturday's game, Erasmus had also taken to the social media platform to congratulate the Lions on their victory.

"No excuses this side," Erasmus tweeted.

He also pointed out that the Lions showed fine mental steel to win given the challenge of also having to operate in a strict bio-bubble far away from home.

"You are far away from home, families and going through same tough covid protocols like we do!!

"Congrats and well deserved !!!"

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