South Africa fans call for Itoje to be banned after incident in win over Lions

The British and Irish Lions were convincingly beaten by South Africa in the second Test and some fans have spotted a shock incident involving second-row Maro Itoje

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South Africa supporters have called for Maro Itoje to be banned for the decisive third Test against the British and Irish Lions.

The Lions were convincingly beaten 27-9 in by the inspired Springboks in Cape Town, setting up a mouthwatering decider next weekend.

The brutal encounter involved plenty of controversy after an unprecedented week of build up, where South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus embarked on an extraordinary hour-long rant about the officiating in the first-test.

Erasmus will be delighted with the response his side made as they dominated the set-piece and the breakdown against the hapless Lions.

But he may again take exception to an incident as Lions second-row Maro Itoje was fortunate to escape punishment.

Maro Itoje appeared to rest his knee near the throat of Damian de Allende

The incident was widely criticised by South Africa fans

Television replays showed Itoje leaning his knee towards the throat of Springboks centre Damian de Allende.

Itoje’s actions did not appear to be reviewed at any length by the TMO, which infuriated South African fans on social media.

Springboks supporters have called for Itoje to be cited and banned for the decisive Third Test, after an offence many deemed to be worthy of a red card.

“(Maro Itoje) should be banned after his knee on De Allende neck! That’s dangerous,” one fan tweeted.

“Itoje also deserved red for this. This is intentional,” another added.

“Shocked he wasn’t thrown out of the game,” one South African supporter posted.

Lions coach Warren Gatland could face an anxious wait to see if World Rugby take action on Itoje after the incident involving de Allende.

The England international was one of the Lions’ best performers on a day with few positives at the Cape Town Stadium.

Gatland has plenty to ponder for the Third Test and will be expected to make several changes in a bid to halt the World champions’ momentum.

Tensions spilled over on several occasions in the second Test between the Lions and South Africa

“It’s very early on. The game’s only just finished. We’ll do a proper review on whether we need to make changes,” he said in the immediate aftermath of the defeat.

“I was happy with the first half but we didn’t get anything in the second half to create momentum.

“The game was very slow and they did a good job slowing it down. It was frustrating to get that rhythm.”

Gatland also refused to be drawn in on the antics of his counterpart Erasmus before the fixture.

Lukhanyo Am scored South Africa’s second try in a convincing win against the Lions

“We’ve got systems and processes in place,” he added.

“Hopefully World Rugby looks at that in making sure everyone follows the protocols. We do press conferences to give you guys information and speak to World Rugby.

“I found it quite strange that approach was taken, but it’s something I won’t get involved in. It’s important we keep the integrity in the sport as much as we can.”

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