Unsurprisingly, in a game dominated by pre-match discussions – or hour-long Vimeo videos – about officials, match referee Ben O’Keeffe had his work cut out on Saturday night.
If it wasn’t enough that the overly analytical approach to officiating bloated the first-half to a staggering 63 minutes – just a touch longer than Rassie Erasmus’ midweek rant – then the sheer number of contentious flash points in this match would have been enough to keep O’Keeffe up for half the night, such was the workload he was handed.
That burden has since been passed onto Australian citing commissioner Scott Nowland.
Such are the number of possible incidents being sent his way, the original 12 hours post-match he had to cite has been extended overnight to 24.
And there’s a fair few decisions to get through.
Here’s a rundown of what the officials could look at…
Mako Vunipola on Eben Etzebeth
The first minute of the game and an incident that went largely unnoticed.
However, some local fans have dug out a clip of a seemingly high hit from Lions prop Mako Vunipola on Eben Etzebeth which doesn’t look great.
This could be one that is brought to the citing commissioner’s attention.
Duhan van der Merwe on Pieter-Steph du Toit
Lions winger Duhan van der Merwe struggled a little to stay on the right side of the law on Saturday.
He was sent to the bin for a daft trip on Cheslin Kolbe, but it was his tip tackle on du Toit that could potentially land him in hot water.
That seems unlikely at this stage, given the South Africa flanker never went beyond the horizontal, but it was a little fast and loose from van der Merwe.
Cheslin Kolbe on Conor Murray
This was a hugely contentious moment in the game, with Kolbe taking Conor Murray out when the scrum-half was airborne taking a high ball.
The Springboks star received a yellow card for this, but he could yet receive further sanctions if the citing commissioner deems it past the red card threshold.
O’Keeffe’s reasons for only sin-binning Kolbe didn’t exactly appear to stand up to reason.
“We have an act of foul play,” said the official.
“We’ve got 14 coming in, he takes the player, who has won the space in the air.
“He makes contact dangerously and he (Murray) falls on his back. So it’s going to be a yellow card.”
As the replays showed, Murray didn’t land on his back. Regardless of how he landed, World Rugby could easily deem that one a red card.
Stuart Hogg alleged biting of Willie le Roux
In the aftermath of Kolbe’s dangerous tackle, there was a bit of a scuffle.
Tom Curry and Kolbe grabbed each other and several other players piled in.
So far, something of nothing. Dan Biggar ends up on the floor after Bongi Mbonambi blindsides him with a shove in the back.
But there’ll be little in the way of citings there.
Instead, it’s more about the alleged bite from Lions full-back Stuart Hogg on opposite number Willie le Roux, as pointed out on social media by South African fans.
The footage does show Hogg’s mouth seemingly near le Roux’s arm, while the Boks star reacts in fury afterwards.
Hogg has even released a statement on the matter, fiercely denying it and saying the accusations have “annoyed and upset” him.
A citing looks likely here. Proving that Hogg did indeed bite him, though, might be a step too far.
Faf de Klerk on Conor Murray
This one looked a stonewall card in real-time, with an audible gasp going around the ground when Faf de Klerk jumped into a hit on opposite number Murray.
There were no cheers from the Boks’ camp that would normally greet a big hit, with everyone seemingly aware that this was foul play.
The Lions were adamant that a card should be coming, but checks with the TMO saw O’Keeffe deem it wasn’t worthy of anything.
Surely though, with de Klerk seemingly making contact with Murray in a fairly reckless and uncontrolled fashion, the citing commissioner will deem that worthy of another look?
You’d think so.
Maro Itoje on Damian De Allende
Perhaps the incident that could be easiest to sort out.
Maro Itoje has been accused of kneeling on Damian De Allende’s chest and neck area, a moment that was caught by the matchday cameras.
Given how clearly this was picked up, it’s easy to see Itoje landing himself in trouble for this one.
As well as being a great shame for Itoje given how well he’s performed on this tour, that would represent a significant blow to the Lions were he to cop a ban.