An edgy game in which England took 2 out of 2 in the 2018 Six Nations championship, the game finished with just a few talking points. England took a 12-6 win at Twickenham in front of their home crowd.
There lead was built in just 24 minutes and they didn’t score a point after that. Wales struggled to break down the England defence for the large part but did have two moments, with the video below showing a TMO decision go against the Welsh.
Gareth Anscombe slid in for a try that was referred to the TMO to make the call. The chance was created by a chip to the corner from Rhys Patchell, while Wales had advantage for a penalty anyway.
The ball bounced off Steff Evans leg and Anscombe followed up battling Anthony Watson to the ball. The TMO concentrated on the grounding and ignored the bounce from Steff Evans as it seemed obvious that it came off the wingers leg only.
The TMO came back and adjudged that it wasn’t a try as no clear grounding was made. I think it was tough call to make, my first thoughts were that it was more likely a try than not. After watching it about another 50 times i think Wales were hard done by, but you could argue over and over about this there was that little in it, he certainly isn’t in full control but he does get downward pressure.
After the game the social media world was kicking off big style, i’m not sure anything in rugby has been in discussion this much. Some great banter out there from both camps, along with the idiots mind but such is life.
Whilst the TMO concentrated his attention on the grounding this footage below throws even more controversy into the mix as this clip below shows the finger making contact with the ball. So, is that a knock on? Or does it go backwards?
Forget the grounding, it looks like the ball comes forward off Steff Evans fingers first? pic.twitter.com/iJLlyBuXJq
— rugby (@theblitzdefence) February 11, 2018
For me what’s important to remember is that Wales lost the game over the full 80 minutes. Yes if they get a score it changes the shape of the game, but England played from that moment on with a 9 point lead so it’s irrelevant to say that Wales would have gone, even with a try they didn’t score enough points in the entire game to win.