Nigel Owens has spoken out after the weird incident within the World Rugby Seven Series which noticed England and Argentina successfully cease taking part in for 2 minutes so they might run down the clock and advance within the competitors.
It was a flip of occasions which didn’t present the game in its most interesting gentle.
England’s Will Homer raced clear from lengthy distance and made it to the strive line however initially declined to dot the ball down, with Argentina not doing something to power the problem as Homer stood within the in-goal space for what appeared an eternity as the sport headed in the direction of its conclusion.
The referee’s softly, softly makes an attempt at encouraging Homer to place the ball down had been ignored and the deadlock solely ended when Homer was challenged and determined to the touch down.
Argentina gained the sport 19-7, with the consequence which means each side progressed at Canada’s expense on factors distinction.
But there have been boos across the floor and many had damning phrases to say later, with one social media poster dubbing the incident an “absolute farce”, whereas one other branded it a “disgusting finish”. That’s as a result of World Rugby’s regulation 9.27 says “a player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship”, with the sanction being a penalty.
The referee who took cost of the 2015 World Cup ultimate, Wales’ Nigel Owens, was additionally lower than impressed.
“Nobody wants to see something like that in the game,” Owens informed WalesOn-line. “The referee has it in his armoury to impose a sanction if he feels an action amounts to ungentlemanly conduct and is against the spirit of the game.
“The England participant who broke free towards Argentina ought to have put the ball down with out undue delay. Within the legal guidelines, the referee is entitled to inform him to place it down and act throughout the spirit of the sport. Had I been officiating and encountered such a state of affairs, I’d have sanctioned the participant. The onus was on the ball-carrier who’s crossed the strive line to place the ball down.”
Owens additionally stated on Twitter: “I don’t think this is good for the game. A player or team must not do anything that is against the spirit of the game. I’m surprised the referee didn’t tell him to ground the ball. That’s what we used to do when I was on the 7s circuit, many years ago.”
The consequence meant Argentina, England and Canada had been degree on seven factors on the finish of their Pool A video games within the sevens sequence occasion in Toulouse. Argentina completed prime of the group with England runners-up and each making the quarter-finals, with England’s level distinction 4 higher than that of the third-placed Canadians. But there was no development past the final eight for the pair, as Argentina later fell to Ireland and England went all the way down to Samoa.