England were fortunate to only be 8-6 down at the break after taking a battering from the South Africa forwards, Farrell on target with two penalties after Maro Itoje was sin-binned.
Once England had kicked the ball out of play, referee Angus Gardner went upstairs to the TMO to check the Farrell-Esterhuizen collision, and England fans inside Twickenham held their collective breath to see what Gardner, his touch judges and the TMO would decide on considered viewing of all the angles.
He appeared to lead with the shoulder in tackling Andre Esterhuizen, an offence that under the current crackdown on unsafe tackles could have resulted in a red card being issued by referee Angus Gardner.
"You can get cited for something you did at a party when you were 15, anything could happen".
Asked what his reaction was to that call, Beale said there simply needed to be more consistency in that space.
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Few could have envisioned a better start under Sarri, whose players have nearly instantly adapted to his methods and expectations. In the opening stages of this game, Roy Hodgson's men were so positive that optimism grew for a genuine contest.
"I've got no idea what can happen", the Australian added.
"We've got Courtney training fully and in that back five of the scrum, you saw Charlie Ewels come on at six at the weekend, so we've got a lot of good quality players back there". We've lost a few games, we played tough and we won. Well, you're going to do it at some stage - you know that, you know that.
"I think everyone's been looking forward to the game". Because you guys (the media) want to sack me, is that why?
And Jones was delighted by the way his team restricted the Springboks to a solitary try from wing Sbu Nkosi, even if they scored none of their own with fullback Elliot Daly adding a long-range penalty to Farrell's trio.
"He's going for an examination now [Monday afternoon] and the news probably isn't going to be too good".
Shields was born in Masterton to English parents and played for Hurricanes before moving to Wasps and tasting Test rugby with England.