Among the many compliments on the Wallabies suite were criticism from Sam Warburton
With a score of 10-3 for Australia, a few minutes before the end of the first half, South Africa has a good chance of returning with a draw. Taking advantage of the extra man and a long pass from Lukhanyo Am, the Springboks were able to find Makazole Mapimpi with space to try and shoot the flag.
But just before diving, the goal area is obscured. Marika Koropiti, who sped off at full speed from the other side of the field, jumped on the opponent and crushed him with one He hits perfect. Risky, within regulation (if not beyond) due to the fact that the treatment is not closed with arms, but very effective. Mapimpi flies into the air and drops the ball forward. Koroibete’s teammates cheer.
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Marika Corbett treatment
“I knew he wasn’t going to take a side step back on the field, but instead he was going to dive into the corner – Korobet said of his interference – I lowered my head and hoped for the best.” As mentioned, Koroibete was at the start of the action on the other side of the field, demonstrating his brilliant effort to cover the entire field of play horizontally to go to save a goal that has already been achieved.
“It was a tackle that had to be done – you have to work for your teammates,” Korobet said. “The strikers do their job with strikes and everything, and we have to be able to do our part. It’s just for the boys.”
Sam Warburton’s reaction
However, not everyone wanted to praise Marica Corbett, at least until the end. There are those who instead wanted to point the finger at the Australian pavilion’s intervention style, with the potential consequences of the impact that would have had on the head.
in Tweet While filming the intervention video, Sam Warburton noted that Koroybet put his head in the wrong direction during the intervention. “This happens in almost every race. I am really amazed that the players are not trained better. Protect your head? Then you should handle it right” – wrote the former Wales captain, noting that Koroybet placed his head in front of the attacking player and not behind his body, as they know when Dealing with an opponent from the side.
Finally, for Warburton, the intervention should have been punished with a free kick. Not for the wrong position of the head, which is not punished according to the regulation, but presumably because the surgery is not closed.
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