British and Irish Lions forward Mako Vunipola has shrugged off an accusation of being “reckless and dangerous” from the South Africa camp because the verbal jousting began sooner than the second Take a look at in Cape City.
South Africa’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus took to social media to put up a video of Vunipola hauling Springbok winger Cheslin Kolbe to his toes after he had landed closely trying to capture a excessive ball in Saturday’s first Take a look at, calling the Lions prop “reckless and dangerous”.
He entreated young fans now not to switch or touch an injured participant on the ground.
“I consider trying to salvage the ball in nonetheless I seen that he’d long gone down,” the England prop told a news conference.
“In the heat of the second, you react how you would per chance presumably most incessantly. He looked to be alright, he played on in the game, so it wasn’t that reckless, modified into once it?
“I suppose if he modified into once finally harm then it modified into once moderately reckless, nonetheless I upright felt admire the collision wasn’t that obnoxious.”
Vunipola came on as a second half of exchange in the 22-17 derive for the vacationers.
“If I did harm him then I operate apologise,” he mentioned.
Earlier Lions assistant coach Steve Tandy had if Erasmus had any gripes he would possibly presumably serene struggle by “the excellent channels”.
“Indirectly it be his viewpoint. We idea the officials did a extremely correct job on the weekend and if there would possibly be anything else we desire to raise up we will struggle by the correct channel,” he mentioned.