As this still frame beautifully highlights, the incident was caused by the tackling player arriving into contact way to high.View attachment 13559
That is next a hand off, there is no excuse for leading with the forearm on a hand off.
What constitutes a hand off? I always thought it was straight arm as in you couldnt propell your arm into them. But not sure on this.
I have no doubt Van de Merwe had no intent to hurt and was it high force but to me it is a clear red due to the rules regardless of your personal thoughts.
Had van der merve nit offered a fend at all the other player would have been penalises for a high tackle!!
Which amply demonstrates the inconsistencies to which I previously alluded.