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Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx scores against the All Blacks in London. Photo: @BokRugby via Twitter.

Springbok STAR accused of faking injury by All Blacks

Former All Blacks lash out at INJURED Springbok for getting Scott Barrett sent off at Twickenham.

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Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx scores against the All Blacks in London. Photo: @BokRugby via Twitter.

Former All Blacks Mils Muliaina and Jeff Wilson have suggested that Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx deliberately feigned injury to get Scott Barrett sent off in Friday’s Test between the Springboks and New Zealand in London.

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Barrett was rightly sanctioned with a second yellow card (resulting in an automatic red card) for a deliberate dangerous clean out at the ruck on Malcolm Marx.

The All Blacks lock clearly took aim at Marx, who was on the ground but not interfering with the ball, and rushed to the breakdown area where he drove his shoulder in the Springbok hooker’s face. It was a cheap shop by Barrett which left Marx bloodied and needing medical assistance despite the game carrying on.

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Because Marx stayed down and waited for medical assistance, Muliaina accused him of feigning injury to force that match officials to look at the foul play injury.

“I’m absolutely worried, because of the inconsistency. A TMO can pick up a bad cleanout. Someone’s gone down and they’ve reacted because of [a player] faking an injury, and it has massive consequences for the game,” he said on the popular rugby talkshow The Breakdown.

“When you’re looking at the most hotly-contested Rugby World Cup and it comes down to a moment of refereeing inconsistency, that could cost a team.”

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Wilson went a step further on the same show and slammed by officials’ call for issuing Barrett with a second yellow card, resulting in the player having to appear before a judicial panel at a disciplinary hearing. With his comment, Wilson basically hinted that it was Marx’s fault that Barrett found himself in that peculiar position.

“I’m going to go straight on the offensive here, there is no way that Scott Barrett should get any type of suspension,” he said.

“The fact that he is in front of the judicial process is ridiculous because ultimately, for me, this shouldn’t even be a yellow for going off his feet.

“The contact wasn’t direct with the head, it was on the body, it was on the shoulder. Watch where the first contact is.

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The All Blacks were blasted as “panicky and rattled” by New Zealand media on Saturday in the wake of a record loss to the Springboks. Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP