Bizarre Marcus Smith tactic gets immediately shut down by Nic Berry
By Rugby Onslaught

Bizarre Marcus Smith tactic gets immediately shut down by Nic Berry

Maybe England had one of the craziest tactics of all time up their sleeve, maybe fly-half Marcus Smith completely forgot the laws of rugby, but the No10 went rogue against Wales on Saturday at the Principality Stadium.

It was England’s scrum just inside Wales’ 22 when the Harlequin decided to run over and join the action despite the clear laws that players not part of the scrum other than the scrum-half must be five metres behind the scrum. He was probably trying to pass a message on to his club and country No9 Danny Care, but it led to a bizarre interaction with referee Nic Berry.

Berry had already made the ‘Bind’ call for the scrum when Smith was right in front of him. The referee was as confused as any referee would be, turning and saying “what are you doing? Get out!”

Take a look at the strange encounter between the two:


England XV 
15. Freddie Steward, 14. Max Malins, 13. Joe Marchant, 12. Guy Porter, 11. Joe Cokanasiga, 10. Marcus Smith, 9. Danny Care, 1. Ellis Genge (C), 2. Jamie Blamire, 3. Will Stuart, 4. David Ribbans, 5. George Martin, 6. Lewis Ludlam, 7. Tom Pearson, 8. Alex Dombrandt

16. Theo Dan, 17. Bevan Rodd, 18. Kyle Sinckler, 19. Jonny Hill, 20. Tom Willis, 21. Jack van Poortvliet, 22. George Ford, 23. Henry Slade.

Wales XV
15. Leigh Halfpenny, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. George North, 12. Max Llewellyn, 11. Rio Dyer, 10. Sam Costelow, 9. Gareth Davies, 1. Corey Domachowski, 2. Ryan Elias, 3. Kieron Assiratti, 4. Dafydd Jenkins, 5. Will Rowlands, 6. Christ Tshiunza, 7. Jac Morgan, 8. Aaron Wainwright

16. Elliot Dee, 17. Nicky Smith, 18. Henry Thomas, 19. Ben Carter, 20. Taine Plumtree, 21. Tomos Williams, 22. Dan Biggar, 23. Mason Grady