For Tom Wood, the England flanker who has been cleared to play against Australia after questions were raised about his role in the incident that resulted in Liam Williams, the Wales full-back, being carried from the pitch.
It is easy to be cynical about how well players can disguise sinister behaviour, but for all the attention paid to the incident on social media across the weekend it looked like a legitimate attempt to kick an awkwardly bouncing ball went wrong when his shin came into contact with Williams’ head.
At the very worst he was guilty of nothing more than careless play if the conclusion is that he should have been more aware of Williams’ vulnerability, but the decision of the citing commissioner not to treat the incident as something that would have merited a red card had it been picked up the officials at the time, seemed the right one.
Wood, whose confession surely worked in his favour when he said he felt guilty about having injured his opponent in offering an apology, has consequently been given what is termed “a yellow card warning” which is the equivalent of a sin-binning. Any player sin-binned three times in the course of the tournament will face a judicial officer and is very likely to receive a ban.