Rugby world divided after Koroibete wiped out Mapimpi

By Rugby Assault

Makazole Mapimpi receiving the ball in space ten yards from the try line usually means one thing: try time. However, things are different when playing as Marika Koroibete.

The Boks’ try-scoring machine looked set to add another to its tally in the closing minutes of the first half in Adelaide, but for the Wallabies left wing, who sprinted across the pitch to meet the South African. in the corner and smash it into touch.

It was a monstrous move, but since then there have been many debates online regarding Koroibete’s tackling technique. South African fans say there was no arm involved in the tackle, while Australian fans say there was a clear intention to wrap his arms around but the contact was so huge. The Australian certainly led with the shoulder, which can create problems, but he also tried to wrap his left arm, as there is obvious contact between his arm and Mapimpi’s body. It’s easy to see both sides of the argument in this case.

Take a look at the tackle:


To make matters worse for South Africa, it was from the resulting scrum that Faf de Klerk received his yellow card for his rather docile slap in the face of Nic White. It was not a good few minutes for the Boks, and referee Paul Williams faced a lot of criticism.

Worse still, Koroibete continued to not only score a try but also produce a player of the match performance, just to add salt to the wound.

Wallabies XV
1. James Slipper (c) (119 tries)
2. Folau Fainga’a (30 events)
3. Allan Alaalatoa (56 tries)
4. Rory Arnold (30 tries)
5. Matt Philip (24 tries)
6. Jed Holloway (2 tries)
7. Fraser McReight (4 tries)
8. Rob Valetini (23 tries)
9. Nic White (52 tries)
10. Noah Lolesio (12 tries)
11. Marika Koroibete (47 tries)
12. Paisami Hunter (18 events)
13. Len Ikitau (17 tries)
14. Tom Wright (14 tries)
15. Reece Hodge (57 tries)

Substitutes
16. David Porecki (3 tries)
17. Scott Sio (71 tries)
18. Taniela Tupou (42 tries)
19. Darcy Swain (13 tries)
20. Rob Leota (10 tries)
21. Pete Samu (24 tries)
22. Tate McDermott (17 tries)
23. Andrew Kellaway (14 tries)

Springbok XV
15 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 20 caps, 12 pts (1t, 2c, 1p)
14 – Warrick Gelant (Racing 92) – 10 caps, 15 pts (3t)
13 – Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks) – 30 caps, 30 pts (6t)
12 – Damian de Allende (Wild Knights) – 62 selections, 35 pts (7t)
11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 29 selections, 105 pts (21 t)
10 – Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers) – 64 caps, 662 pts (7t, 90c, 144p, 5d)
9 – Faf de Klerk (Yokohama Canon Eagles) – 39 caps, 25 pts (5t)
8 – Duane Vermeulen (Ulster) – 62 selections, 15 pts (3t)
7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz) – 62 selections, 25 pts (5t)
6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 67 caps, 35 pts (7t)
5 – Lood de Jager (Wild Knights) – 60 caps, 25 pts (5t)
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks) – 102 selections, 15 pts (3t)
3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 50 caps, 5 pts (1t)
2 – Joseph Dweba (DHL Stormers) – 3 caps, 0 points
1 – Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks) – 11 caps, 0pts

Replacements:
16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 51 caps, 55 pts (11t)
17 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 63 caps, 5 pts (1t)
18 – Vincent Koch (Wasps) 36 selections, 0 pts
19 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 55 caps, 5 points (1 t)
20 – Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs) – 23 caps, 5 pts (1t)
21 – Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks) – 6 caps, 5 pts (1t)
22 – Elton Jantjies (NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes) – 45 caps, 329 pts (2t, 65c, 62p, 1d)
23 – Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs) – 74 caps, 150 pts (11t, 7c, 24p, 3d)

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