‘He’s moved! He’s moved!’ – Exeter Chiefs stunned after controversial finish against Saints
There were dramatic scenes at Sandy Park this afternoon with Exeter Chiefs suffering a stunning loss at the hand of Northampton Saints in the Premiership.
With the scores stood at 12-13 in the last play of the game – Joe Simmonds had a touchline conversion attempt to win it – what followed has split fans online.
Were Saints lucky to get away with this?
The game had been an attritional encounter up to this moment in difficult conditions. Fans had already complained online about the state of the playing surface at the home of the reigning premiership champions.
Here was the pitch at Sandy Park earlier today.
— John Evely (@JohnEvely_BPost) February 20, 2021
It was the last play of the game that really caused a stir in Devon today.
Sam Skinner scored in the corner in the last play of the game for Chiefs to set up an all or nothing kick for Joe Simmonds, right on the Sandy Park touchline.
Here was the kick below.
What’s just happened? 😳 SCENES
— Saffas Abroad Rugby 🇿🇦🏉 (@SaffasRugby) February 20, 2021
We see as Joe Simmonds prepares his run-up, moving his left shoulder slightly, leading to the Saints players to begin charging the conversion attempt down.
You can actually just see the moment that the Chiefs fly half looks up to realise what is happening.
The Saints players race towards Simmonds, screaming ‘he’s moved! He’s moved!’ before booting the ball off the tee and into the stands.
There’s complaints from the Chiefs bench but the referee confirms that the Exeter ten had indeed begun his run up.
Here’s how fans reacted on social media.
Age old rhetoric around the character of rugby versus ‘another sport’ but you have to note the restraint of the Exeter players following the Joe Simmonds charged down conversion. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #EXEvNOR
— Matthew Ruskin (@mrmattruskin) February 20, 2021
— Rupert Cox (@RupertCoxTV) February 20, 2021
Seeing that Joe Simmonds conversion attempt again shows what a shocking decision it was. If he was deemed to have started his run up then nobody will ever be allowed a conversion again
— Haydn #44 (@Haydn792) February 20, 2021
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