Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett says Ireland flank CJ Stander deserved to see red in his side’s clash against the Springboks at Newlands.
VIDEO: CJ Stander KOs Pat Lambie, sees red
The South African-born Stander was sent off in the 22nd minute after an aerial collision with Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie.
Lambie was stretchered off with French referee Mathieu Raynal dishing out a red card.
Mallett commented on the incident in the SuperSport studio afterwards, saying:
“CJ Stander deserved a red card. The ball is over Stander’s head before he jumps and he rushes up and still follows through, connects with Pat Lambie and knocks him out. If the timing of a jump is wrong, it’s the jumper’s fault. It was very dangerous play by Stander and unfortunately that is a red card. It was a good decision by the TMO and the referee.”
Despite playing the majority of the game with 14 men, Irish won 26-20 to claim their first ever win over Springboks in South Africa.