Jonathan Kaplan, a former global referee from South Africa declared Gardner made the wrong decision, adding that Farrell's "arm wrapping around is an afterthought".
"As soon as anyone goes to the big screen you are [nervous]", Farrell told reporters.
South Africa regained the lead through Pollard in an eventful second half, but Farrell again showed why he is rated as one of the best kickers around by sending his 73rd-minute penalty flying through the posts.
Eddie Jones was in a defensive mood when he spoke to the media after England's narrow 12-11 win over the Springboks at Twickenham this afternoon.
He goes on to say something must be done to clear up the tackle area ahead of the Six Nations and Rugby World Cup before they end up being "tarnished".
"Why is it always the most important game?"
"The most important thing is what we do next", Jones answered. If I stay long enough, you're going to get me sacked, so you'll be happy.
This was England's first match since Jones had brought former All Blacks coach John Mitchell into his backroom staff as defence supremo.
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Farrell put a shot on a steaming Andre Esterhuizen that had the Springbok midfielder floored.
Injuries have taken their toll on Jones' squad too but that gave him a chance to take a look at several players who have excelled in the early weeks of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby season - like Newcastle Falcons' Mark Wilson and Exeter Chiefs' Alec Hepburn.
Following the Kiwis, England will take on Japan and Australia in November.
"To beat the New Zealanders you've got to be unbelievably disciplined", he said.
England will be relieved to have available a player described by Eddie Jones as the team's "spiritual leader", but the incident has polarised opinion as the sport continues to tie itself in knots over its crackdown on unsafe tackles. We will be well prepared for them.
"They want the game to be an athletic contest".
New Zealander Keith Brown has until 5pm today to make a decision and any ban would rule Farrell out of next week's game against the All Blacks.