Yet while the red card obviously hampered 14-man Argentina, some felt England also paid a heavy price.
Farrell came in for criticism after an uncharacteristically quiet performance, where he missed four half half kicks, three of which came after shaking off that Lavanini tackle.
Yet social media felt Farrell shouldn’t have even stayed on the pitch, which people questioning why the player wasn’t withdrawn for a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) after taking such a heavy blow to the head.
There is no indication that the player was concussed following the Lavanini tackle, but the fact that he wasn’t checked for concussion left some viewers concerned.
Here’s the incident. pic.twitter.com/7gmzbkoywO
— FOX SPORTS Rugby (@FOXRUGBY) October 5, 2019
It was the first time that Farrell missed four kicks in a first half since September 2012.
While his poor kicking may have just been coincidence, the fact that Farrell did not have a HIA opened the door for people to question why he wasn’t checked for concussion, raising concerns over player welfare.
Farrell played the full 80 minutes and kicked three conversions and one penalty in the second half.
Here’s how Twitter reacted.
I'd take Farrell off to be safe.
He doesn't miss kicks like that.
— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) October 5, 2019
— Dan Styring (@StyringDan) October 5, 2019
— Robert Giannotti (@robertgiannotti) October 5, 2019
Owen Farrell takes an elbow to the head from a 6ft 7in, 17 stone forward and doesn’t go for a HIA. Really?
How has Owen Farrell not been taken off for an HIA after that hit to the head? No coincidence that he’s subsequently missed 3 kicks in my eyes. If player safety is the priority he has to be checked surely? #ENGvARG #RWC2019
— Charlie (@charlezxavier) October 5, 2019
— Mike (@mikehend1999) October 5, 2019
Why didn't Owen Farrell go off for an HIA when he was hit by the high shot that was a red card? If it's unsafe enough to be a red, surely he needs an HIA
— Ryan A esq. (@Ryan____a) October 5, 2019
Owen Farrell has taken two huge illegal tackles to the head this World Cup and not had one hia. The reason the tackles are illegal is to protect players. Why has he not been checked for concussion?
— Stephen Briggs (@PTstephenB) October 5, 2019
World Rugby ? still has work to do on concussions & HIAs. Still think Owen Farrell is not right after that tackle as evidenced by the missed kicks
— Maria (@grigal) October 5, 2019
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