Springboks vs Wales : Jerome Garces hasn’t used his cards in three out of four occasions that he has been in charge, but was kept busy during Wales’ physical clash with Fiji, handing out two yellow cards to both sides.
Ken Owens was the first to be sent for a ten-minute breather following a dangerous tackle. A short time later Fiji lock Tevita Cavubati was carded for a shoulder into the back of Ross Moriarty.
In the second half Garces showed Semi Kunatani a yellow for an offside, while James Davies was later handed a card for a rucking offence.
Who is Nigel Owens?
The man-in-charge of 2015’s final between New Zealand and Australia, Nigel Owens has carved out a career as a consistent and – remarkably – well-liked official.
Blessed with a knack for one-liners and a no-nonsense approach to handbags, Owens is the most experienced referee at the tournament.
In 2015, Owens claimed that he would referee on the international stage for more years, suggesting that the Japan tournament will be his last.
Who is Jerome Garces?
A staple at the Six Nations since 2012, Jerome Garces had officiated at two world cups prior to his appointment for the Japan tournament.
The Frenchman has history with the Springboks. At the 2015 tournament he took charge of their semi-final with New Zealand, as well as their infamous defeat to Japan.
Earlier in the tournament Garces came into criticism from supporters of the 2007 champions for his management of the breakdown during their thrilling fixture with the All Blacks.
Nigel Owens has been required to use his cards in three of the five fixtures that he has officiated in Japan.
The Welshman dished out a yellow to Matt Heaton of Canada for collapsing a maul during a 48-7 thrashing at the hands of Italy.
During England’s charged encounter with Argentina the veteran referee was also left with little choice but to red card the Pumas’ Thomas Lavanini for a reckless tackle on England’s Owen Farrell.
A red card for Lavanini was the right call, but handing a yellow card to Matt Todd of New Zealand during the All Blacks’ quarter final with Ireland for an offside which also resulted in a penalty try was debatable and criticised by the New Zealand press.