Romain Poite refereeing deemed ‘shocking’ as England were given far more than Wales in Autumn Nations Cup
Some of the top ex-rugby players in the world have slammed the refereeing of French referee Romain Poite in the Autumn Nations Cup this weekend.
Hosts of the Rugby Pod, Jim Hamilton and Andy Goode had some choice words about some of the decisions that he made in the game, which Hamilton branded as ‘shocking’.
There were several big decisions in the game which seemed to go the way of England. One, in particular, was a Dan Biggar tackle which many felt was illegal.
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The former Scotland lock was also not at all impressed with the way that the French referee slowed the game down with his interpretation of the rules involving scrums.
“I’m watching the scrums, and I’m not a scrum expert, but I understand the scrums. I understand when there needs to be a reset, you can see the players slipped. You can see when the players cheat which they don’t do anymore, because the players want it in and out mainly. You’ll get a dominant scrum that want to keep it in. It’s very rare now that’s scrums get pulled down or that there is a manipulation around it. I’m watching him ref the scrum, it was nothing worse than shocking when I’m watching it.”
There was an Elliot Daly challenge in the match which was on Josh Adams which many felt would be illegal. The ex-players on the Rugby Pod are understandably unhappy about this decision here.
Hamilton and Goode spoke very openly about how disappointed they were with the Romain Poite refereeing, and can you really blame them here after this.
Below is the clip where they both speak openly about how they felt with the refereeing here.