Wales no-try call a 'mistake'

Pablo Tucker
February 15, 2018

Wales boss Warren Gatland's view that the television match official made an error in the controversial no-try incident against England has been confirmed by World Rugby.

Champions England triumphed 12-6 in a rain-soaked London thanks to a brace by Jonny May but the visitors were left to lament a TMO shocker and a remarkable try-saving tackle by former Osprey Sam Underhill on Scott Williams.

'In accordance with law 21.1 b, Wales should have been awarded a try as the Wales player grounded the ball'.

England head coach Eddie Jones also recalled British & Irish Lions forwards James Haskell and Joe Marler who were suspended for the opening two rounds.

"I just think that once the game's done and dusted that's the game", he said.

"When I say respect the referee, that's the TV process as well".

A similar event was staged against Wales in Bristol before the 2017 autumn series and it was deemed a success, leading to Jones setting up a similar scenario against one of the game's most accomplished scrummaging nations.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Wales assistant coach Rob Howley said: 'I know Warren Gatland spoke to Alain Rolland, and they confirmed that the TMO made a mistake'. "They make a decision". "At this level, in front of 82,000 people, you have to get those right".

That quest continues away to Scotland at Murrayfield on February 24.

"Georgia were just the sort of scrum we needed to scrum against - strong, scrummed in a different way", said Jones.

Anthony Watson and Owen Farrell are expected to recover from the unspecified knocks they sustained against Wales, but Elliot Daly has now suffered damage to his calf having completed his rehabilitation from an ankle complaint. "They had the superiority early on and we came back well".

"We want to have the best scrum in the world", Jones said, "and they're the biggest, ugliest, strongest scrum pack in the world".

"England have won their first two games, so they are in a good position to potentially go and win the Grand Slam". Now, he is using his contacts with Georgia coaches Milton Haig and Richard Graham, who are from New Zealand and Australia respectively.

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