Grant Williams of South Africa leaving the field after being tackled by Emiliano Baffelli of Argentina. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Argentina star cited, collision with Williams deemed red card worthy

It’s been confirmed that a citing commissioner has cited Argentina fullback Juan Cruz Mallia after his collision with Grant Williams.


Grant Williams of South Africa leaving the field after being tackled by Emiliano Baffelli of Argentina. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

There were numerous talking points from Saturday’s Test between the Springboks and Argentina, but one of the main ones revolved around the incident in the opening minute.

In a dramatic collision, Springbok scrumhalf Grant Williams – who was starting his first Test – was knocked out cold by Argentina fullback Juan Cruz Mallia in attempting to charge down his kick.

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Mallia has been cited for the controversial incident, under law 9.11: Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to other.

Citing commissioner deemed Mallia’s actions met the red card threshold.

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Despite clearly being knocked out, referee Andrew Brace did allow play to proceed for a few seconds, before turning attention to Williams lying flat on his face.

The incident drew a huge reaction on social media, with many comparing it to an incident from several years ago when former Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie was also knocked out when CJ Stander attempted to charge down a kick. Not all that long after, Lambie had to retire due to the effects of concussion.

On Saturday, Williams was eventually taken from the field on a golf cart with an oxygen mask on his face.

He will be out of action “for at least two weeks” after suffering a concussion.

“Grant was out cold so I think there is definitely concussion. I don’t know the extent of it, but he will probably be out for at least two weeks,” Nienaber said.

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Watch the incident involving Williams below:



Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Grant Williams, 8  Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Lukhanyo Am, 23 Damian Willemse.

Argentina – 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Mateo Carreras, 13 Lucio Cinti, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Lautaro Bazan Velez, 8 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7 Santiago Grondona, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Lucas Paulos, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (c) 1 Thomas Gallo.
Subs: 16 Ignacio Ruiz, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro,18  Joel Sclavi, 19 Pedro Rubiolo, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Matias Moroni.

Springboks Eben Etzebeth, Manie Libbok and Malcolm Marx
Eben Etzebeth, Manie Libbok and Malcolm Marx. Photo: Springboks via Twitter.