Rassie Erasmus

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Rassie Erasmus leads hilarious “tackle like Owen Farrell” drill [video]

If there’s a silver lining from the defeat to England, it’s this. Rassie Erasmus had us in stitches, demonstrating the “dark arts” of coaching.

Rassie Erasmus

(SA Rugby Magazine / Facebook)

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That seems to be the logic Rassie Erasmus is applying in training this week after the Springboks coach was seen teaching one of the dark arts to Andre Esterhuizen.

The Boks centre was clattered by England’s Owen Farrell, leading with his shoulder in what looked like a bookable offence on the replays.

The Saracens pivot was the hero for the home side, as nine of England’s points on the day came from his boot, before he crashed into Esterhuizen in what proved to be a decisive moment in the game as the Red Roses were able to retrieve the ball and kick it out after the final whistle had gone.

In a post-match interview, Farrell said he wanted to wrap his arm around the Sharks player, but his pace didn’t allow him to extend in time.

Rassie Erasmus reacts to Owen Farrell’s tackle

Despite a TMO review, the collision was ruled perfectly admissible and the home side held on for a 12-11 win. However, Rassie isn’t taking this one lying down, and it seems he’s more than happy to teach his players a thing or two about shithousing.

SA Rugby Magazine shared a video on Tuesday morning, where Erasmus takes Esterhuizen aside for some tackling practice. He encourages his centre to tackle higher and higher, before instructing him to go in shoulder-first – mirroring the assault carried out on him by Farrell.

Our Rassie reacts with glee when Esterhuizen finally nails the tackle he’s been looking for, clothes-lining the dummy into a different continent. If only the Boks were facing England again this weekend…

South Africa travel to France for their second game of the tour, which gets underway in Paris at 22:05 on Saturday 10 November. They will be able to call upon Eben Eztebeth, who limped off with a foot injury over the weekend. The lock is “in contention” to face Les Bleus.

Watch: Rassie Erasmus teaches Andre Esterhuizen how to tackle