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George North sets up great try but Gloucester sneak controversional win

George North sets up great try but Gloucester sneak controversional win
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Northampton Saints fans were left seething following a controversial ending to one of the most talked about matches of round 3 in the Aviva Premiership, as Gloucester snatched a 26-24 victory with a late penalty goal at Kingsholm.

Gloucester claimed their first win of the season despite looking dead and buried after George North sparked a brilliant Saints counter-attack that ended in a Jamie Elliot sprint for the line. The try of the season candidate seemed to be the match winner, but controversy followed.

A number of players appeared to be in front of the kicker at the restart, but it wasn’t picked up and Saints knocked on. With the clock well into injury time, referee Martin Fox awarded a scrum penalty to the hosts, which Billy Twelvetrees duly slotted.

“It is a shame when games are decided by the referee in the last couple of minutes,” said Northampton Saints coach Jim Mallinder. “We were disappointed when we had the change of referee at short notice, but sometimes that happens.

“What we have got to make sure of is that we control what we can control. The refs are out of our hands. My reading of the scrum at the end, particularly the second scrum, was that we had control of the ball, so the reset should have been our put-in. I don’t want to say any more, really.

“I have taken my frustration out – I kicked whatever was at the side of the pitch. We came close, we will win some and we will lose some. Clearly, the penalty count didn’t go in our favour.”

Controversy aside, we saw a fantastic try by Saints as Elliot crossed, and a brilliant bit of play from James Simpson-Daniel to set up young Gloucester lock Elliot Stooke.

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  • reality
    12:09 AM 26/09/2013

    Considering that Northampton got to a Heineken Cup final on the back of Tongahuia boring in on every scrum and getting a penalty out of it, I think it's a bit rich for Mallinder to complain about scrum penalties.

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  • eatmyrugbyshorts
    10:27 AM 25/09/2013

    Cracking try - with 2 mins to go should've decided the outcome of an excellent game. I'm not normally one to have a go at referees but missing the Gloucester players offside at the following kick-off was a shocker. Wasn't even close - two players were 5 yards in front of the ball and the ref had a clear unobstructed view. The subsequent scrum penalty looks like a 50/50 judgement call to me but the period of play in the Northampton half leading up to the scrum just shouldn't have happened. Very harsh on Northampton.

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  • danknapp
    5:34 AM 25/09/2013

    Lots of things shouldn't happen, but do, on a rugby field. The referee trying to get it right but making a mistake isn't the worst. Yes, they made a mistake and possibly that influenced those few minutes, but there had been 77 minutes before that in which player errors and skill dictated the score line. If the referee had made the same mistake in the first minute, it wouldn't have been the same issue.

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  • danknapp
    5:30 AM 25/09/2013

    Well said.

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  • 5:05 AM 25/09/2013

    The welsh Jonah lomu! Best ball carrier in the world?

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  • misterdavid
    12:20 AM 25/09/2013

    When Twelvetrees kicked away that piece of possession to North (even in his own 22), you could hear the groan from the home-crowd. Never kick it to North!

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  • will00713
    10:24 PM 24/09/2013

    you seem to be missing the point, 5 players were a few meters off side at the restart and the ball was at least a foot out! if u watch the hole match u can see that mr fox performance was appalling. The match was amazing, the teams were evenly matched Gloucester were perhaps a bit better. but it deserved to be won by a moment of brilliance that happened but mr fox made several big errors which caused a team to lose. this should not happen.

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  • swing
    9:26 PM 24/09/2013

    Just read North's article on the beeb saying he needs time to settle in. God help everyone when he does!

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  • 9:17 PM 24/09/2013

    personally, i thought (though i am biased!) that the flanker and scrum half were both offside at the scrum. the flankers spent the entire game breaking early, and they were lucky to only get called for it late in the game. Gloucester, on the day, were the far better team. Both tries were superb.

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  • kaibishin
    9:08 PM 24/09/2013

    The last try was dutty wine

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