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‘I am going to be fined and the dogs may maybe maybe simply no longer be in a situation to eat’

If England had proven the same rock-regular self-discipline on the pitch as they did within the touchline interviews, the final result in Cardiff may maybe maybe need been very diverse.

Head coach Eddie Jones acknowledged “it is what it is” of two controversial first-half of calls that resulted in Wales tries and contributed to a 40-24 Six International locations defeat – and the residence facet clinching the Triple Crown.

“We won’t argue with the referee. The pause result’s there and we now bear received to honest rating it,” he added.

“They’re spacious choices. We won’t debate it, we’re no longer allowed to debate it. All I could pause up with is a ravishing and that may maybe maybe simply no longer aid someone.

“The dogs may maybe maybe simply no longer be in a situation to eat its meals, spouse may maybe maybe simply no longer be in a situation to eat, so I’m able to’t disclose anything.”

Captain Owen Farrell used to be, outwardly at least, equally philosophical after the match, however clearly upset all over the game.

“There is no point in talking about it now. That is for each person else to chat about,” he told BBC Sport.

It absolutely did rating supporters of all facets talking.

These were the 2 first-half of calls that sent social media into meltdown and fans looking out the rulebook tiny print.

15 mins – Josh Adams’ strive

The first controversy got here with the scored tied at 3-3.

England captain Farrell used to be penalised for failing to roll far from his possess take care of on George North.

French referee Pascal Gauzere told him to expose his crew to “alternate their behaviour” and acknowledged “break day” indicating that the clock used to be stopped.

Farrell’s crew huddled around him in front of the posts, the drinks carriers got here on.

Wales hover-half of Dan Biggar asked Gauzere to expose him when the time used to be aid “on” and he may maybe maybe get the penalty.

With England restful grouped around Farrell, Gauzere blew the whistle, Biggar kicked wide and Adams claimed the ball for a strive, great to England’s bewilderment.

Farrell protested to the referee however used to be brushed off because the strive stood.

George Ford
England hover-half of George Ford received closest to Josh Adams and looked disbelieving at Pascal Gauzere’s awarding of the strive

Pundits reaction:

Archaic England and British and Irish Lions captain Martin Johnson: “I am speechless. That is appalling referring. Owen Farrell’s wingers bear are accessible in to the dialog. They’ve no longer had time to reset.

Archaic Wales and British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton: “I could maybe maybe be fuming if I was Owen Farrell. Even as you may maybe simply were told you’ll be in a situation to declare to your crew and are within the center of a dialog… I could maybe maybe be furious.”

Social media reaction:

29 mins – Liam Williams’ strive

Liam Williams
Williams used to be quickest to the loose ball

Wales cruise Louis Rees-Zammit attempts to gain Adams’ kick forward. The ball drops down, and it appears to be like forward, off his hand, deflecting aid off his thigh and then forward off the knee of the chasing Henry Slade – all with out the ball touching the floor – and in the direction of the England strive line.

The loose ball is snaffled by Liam Williams who slides over to rating – and set Wales into a 17-6 lead.

Pundits reaction:

Archaic England and British and Irish Lions centre Jeremy Guscott: “We assume it be a knock-on and Rees-Zammit can’t have faith in his luck.

“But the letter of the law is it be hit him and no longer the floor and no longer one other player so it be no longer deemed a knock-on.”

Johnson: “I would bear idea he’s misplaced alter of the ball. All and sundry who has ever done rugby will assume that is a knock-on.”

Warburton: “It went down and backwards. We’ve got considered these given as knock-ons and they also have not as smartly.”

Social media reaction:

What’s the law?

For the epic, World Rugby’s laws instruct: “A knock-on occurs when a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward, or when a player hits the ball forward with hand or arm, or when the ball hits the hand or arm and goes forward, and the ball touches the ground or one other player sooner than the authentic player can make a choice it.

‘Wales were noteworthy winners’

Wales’ victories over Eire and Scotland within the principle two rounds got here after their opponents were reduced to 14 men by red cards.

When asked if the alternatives changed the course of Saturday’s game, Jones acknowledged: “Successfully, they rating factors per chance they manufacture no longer deserve and we must fight to rating aid into the game.

“It makes it sophisticated and it be crucial to be devoted ample to overcome it, they were noteworthy winners, however we may maybe maybe like to be devoted ample to overcome these, as irregular as they’ll be.”

England gave up 14 penalties to Wales’ 9, including four after pulling aid level at 24-24 factual after the hour impress following tries by Anthony Watson and Ben Youngs.

Wales replacement hover-half of Callum Sheedy kicked three penalties sooner than Cory Hill’s final-minute strive sealed a commanding bonus-point take.

“There were instances we gave away penalties we assign no longer bear. It used to be factual from the effort and regularly you rating in scenarios where emotionally you fight thanks to the situations and you are making an try too arduous,” added Jones. “That occurs.

“At any time if you rating crushed and bettered by a penalty, then self-discipline is a difficulty. But there were bigger factors within the game than that.

“Wales were noteworthy winners. We get elephantine responsibility and manufacture no longer blame the referee. But usually there are situations that happen that are sophisticated to take care of and we weren’t devoted ample to take care of them.”

Wales counterpart Wayne Pivac acknowledged the referee used to be lenient on England in some parts with superstar 2d row Maro Itoje giving freely 5 penalties in complete, with out being proven a yellow card.

“That is rather just a few penalties for one player,” acknowledged Pivac. “He’s pushing the boundaries, clearly, however he’s an global-class player. On occasion world-class gamers rating away with a tiny bit bigger than others.”

What next?

Defeat in what Jones had labelled a “manufacture-or-break” third-round fixture all however ended England’s hopes of a a success title defence.

Wales clinched the Triple Crown and stayed no longer off target for an surprising Massive Slam.

They get on Italy in two weeks and then France within the final round, whereas England get on France at residence sooner than travelling away to Eire.

A Six Nations table showing: Wales P 3, W 3, PD 22, B 2, Pts 14; France P 2, W 2, PD 42, B 1, Pts 9; Ireland P 3, W 1, PD 31, B 3, Pts 7; England P 3, W 1, PD 2, B 2, Pts 6; Scotland P 2, W 1, PD 4, B 1, Pts 5, Italy P 3, W 0, PD -101, B 0, Pts 0
Wales lead the Six International locations standings from France, whose game at residence to Scotland used to be postponed thanks to a coronavirus outbreak of their camp

BBC Sport users’ reaction:

Brian, Newport: Whole professionalism from Owen Farrell within the put up match interview. All and sundry knows how inappropriate the ref used to be, let’s hope somebody in authority challenges this refereeing efficiency.

Chance Hooper: We are able to blame the ref for two dodgy Welsh tries… however Ford, Farrell, Youngs and Daly did nothing however aimlessly kick. Our tactics are restful one dimensional.

Andrew Norreys: Change your entire officers at half of-time please.

CH, Warwick: Successfully, the gods are smiling on Wales on this Six International locations. Sendings-off, uncommon tries, ravishing-margin choices going their method. Profit from of it whereas you’ll be in a situation to, I insist.

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