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Officials slammed after Farrell's shoulder tackle is unpunished

Owen Farrell
Owen Farrell

World Rugby's officiating protocols have come under fierce attack yet again as Australia were overwhelmed 37-18 by England at Twickenham.

England celebrated a successful series which culminated in a sixth successive victory over the Wallabies, but Owen Farrell was once more at the centre of attention for a no-arms tackle that went unpunished by referee Jaco Peyper.

Farrell used his shoulder to stop lock Izack Rodda as he neared the whitewash on the stroke of half-time, mirroring his challenge in the closing seconds of the opening Quilter International against South Africa which also went unpunished.

Sir Clive Woodward viewed it as a penalty try and Australia coach Michael Cheika was furious that the assistance of TMO Marius Jonker was not sought, branding the decision "ludicrous".

Jonny May, Elliot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga and Farrell ran in tries to sink a feeble Australia team that ended 2018 with nine losses in 13 games.

Since replacing Stuart Lancaster at the end of 2015, England coach Jones has enjoyed complete mastery against the team he coached for four years until he was sacked in 2005, but the 58-year-old denies taking satisfaction from the run.

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