Ed­die Jones: Yel­low card for ref

Fiji Sun - - Sport - PA

Lon­don: Eng­land Rugby head coach Ed­die Jones be­lieves Pas­cal Gauzere should be shown a yel­low card for al­low­ing Ge­orge North’s try in Eng­land’s de­feat by Wales on Sun­day even though the French ref­eree acted within the laws.

Gauzere let Dan Big­gar take a quick tap penalty that led to North claim­ing the cru­cial score as War­ren Gat­land’s men avenged their de­feat at Twick­en­ham six days ear­lier through a 13-6 vic­tory in Cardiff.

Eng­land were ex­pect­ing Gauzere to wait for the sin-binned An­thony Wat­son to leave the pitch as pun­ish­ment for a de­lib­er­ate knock-on be­fore al­low­ing Wales to restart play.

How­ever, there is no law re­quir­ing the ref­eree to pause the game un­til the carded player is off the field.

When asked if Gauzere should have waited, Eng­land head coach Jones replied: “I think we all thought that was the law. So maybe the yel­low card should have gone to the ref­eree.

“It is what it is. We had to cope with what­ever he de­cided was right. And if he wants a vari­a­tion of the law, we’ve got to be good enough to cope with it.

“It’s not worth go­ing into it be­cause I don’t want that to be the head­line of the game. It hap­pened, we had to cope with it, didn’t cope with it, and they scored their win­ning try. So be it.”

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