Reporting from Tokyo Stadium: Another Rugby World Cup pool game, another game-defining red card.
Pumas lock Tomas Lavanini received the seventh card of his test career – a high shot to the jaw of England’s Owen Farrell.
Having reviewed the hit, Nigel Owens didn’t hesitate in sending the 6’7, 120kg Argentine bruiser off the field, to the cheers of English fans in the stadium and to the derision of Argentinians.
Here’s the incident. pic.twitter.com/7gmzbkoywO
— FOX SPORTS Rugby (@FOXRUGBY) October 5, 2019
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) October 5, 2019
Game over #ENGvARG
— Jim Hamilton (@jimhamilton4) October 5, 2019
The Argentinians can’t have any arguments with that decision, red card all day long in the current environment #ENGvARG
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) October 5, 2019
— Stuart Hawes (@stuartdhawes) October 5, 2019
Decision is spot on with the red card. But that is contest over. #ENGvARG
— Rugby Report Card (@rugby_podcast) October 5, 2019
— Danielle (Nolli) Waterman (@nolli15) October 5, 2019
Argentina have lost all of their last nine encounters with England. Los Pumas’ last triumph over England took place in Salta on 13 June, 2009. Juan Manuel Leguizamon scored a second-minute try in that match.
Not all agreed with the decision however.
That was extremely harsh. Not deserving of a red card #ENGvARG
— Sarah Maunder (@s_maunder) October 5, 2019
Are you kidding me?!
Two tackles on Owen Farrell have resulted in two red cards in this World Cup.
The irony is scary#ENGvARG
— Daragh Small (@daraghs0) October 5, 2019
Welcome to Leicester Lavanini
— Martin Nasta (@elcircovolador) October 5, 2019
— Ninety Nine Social (@pintsandscrums) October 5, 2019
Lavanini, 26, was first capped by the Pumas in 2013 and has since become a key member of the Argentina pack, earning 47 senior caps to date. He has previous experience of European rugby having played a season at Racing 92 in the Top 14 and is currently playing for the Jaguares in his home country.
In total, there have been 23 test encounters between England and Argentina. England have won 18, Argentina four, with one draw.
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