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Sport Wales to file complaint to World Rugby over performance of referee Romain Poite

22:35  28 november  2020
22:35  28 november  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Wales will complain to World Rugby about the refereeing performance of Romain Poite in their 24-13 defeat to England.

Head coach Wayne Pivac was left frustrated with a number of decisions throughout the match but was particularly irked by Poite ignoring what he felt was blatant foul play on Dan Biggar.

Pivac adjudged the Welsh fly-half to be tackled in the air in the build-up to Henry Slade’s try in the first half.

“We’ve been doing it every week, to be honest with you. Behind the scenes we review the performances of our players and in doing that, we do pick up things that we send through to World Rugby,” said Pivac.

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“We’ll certainly be doing that on this particular occasion because I wasn’t happy with the first try of England’s.

“Dan Biggar was clearly taken in the air. The TMO comes in and calls that but he’s over-ruled by the man in the middle.

“We then asked for him to have a look before the conversion was taken but our captain was dismissed 20 metres away.

“That was disappointing. You take that aside and I thought it was a reasonable first half to go into the changing room.”

The Welsh front row also got on the wrong side of the French official as the hosts racked up 12 penalties throughout the match.

One decision in the first half left tight-head prop Samson Lee totally perplexed after he was the man pinged despite his opponent Mako Vunipola appearing to lose his footing.

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The World Rugby International Referees Panel is a panel of elite rugby union referees appointed by the sports governing body, World Rugby (formerly the International Rugby Board) to officiate in international matches

Pivac felt that England were guilty of destabilizing the scrum before the put-in but were rarely penalised for doing so.

“Clearly the team that got the weight through the bind, which was England, was getting rewarded,” said the Wales boss.

“For me, it’s pretty simple. If a prop loses his footing and goes down, then he’s caused the scrum to go down. That happened on a couple of occasions.

“Penalties could have gone either way but six points came from that.”

When it was put to Pivac that the Welsh scrum has been a weakness throughout the autumn campaign, he refuted: “This is a totally different set of circumstances.

“It’s a different referee and I think it was pretty clear for everyone to see that when they got the weight through the bind and won the engagement, every penalty went their way.

“With the pictures that the referee was seeing, he felt they were the dominant scrum but on the engagement both teams are supposed to be square and stable.

“That wasn’t the case. We’d have liked the scrums to be reset or them free-kicked for doing that.”

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