ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Monday Feb 15, 2021

Hamish Watson backtracks after his 'rubbish call' comments

Scotland flanker Hamish Waston has said that players’ health is “paramount” after backtracking from his criticism of Zander Fagerson’s red card this weekend.

ADVERTISEMENT

The tighthead prop was shown red by referee Matthew Carley at Murrayfield on Saturday for a dangerous clear out of Wales’ Wyn Jones.

Scotland went on to lose the match, and Watson lambasted the decision after the game.

“That was a rubbish call,” the Edinburgh flanker said. “An absolutely dreadful call. That’s not rugby, that call.

“I haven’t heard the comms from the TV but I’ve heard from other people that the TMO said it wasn’t a red, then the ref has overruled him. The ref has the right to do that if he thinks that’s the right call.

“We as players strongly disagree with that call. As soon as I saw it on the TV, I was thinking, ‘That’s not even a penalty’.

“There’s not much else we can say. We don’t think it’s a red, a yellow or even a penalty. But that’s the way the game is going.”

ADVERTISEMENT

The 29-year-old has now distanced himself from what he has described as “poor comments”, saying on Twitter that “emotions were very high after losing a very tight match.

“Poor comments from me, emotions were very high after losing a very tight match. Players’ health is paramount.”

This was a decision that was perhaps not as clear cut as Peter O’Mahony’s red card against Wales the week before, with the commentators undecided whether it was a red or yellow card.

ADVERTISEMENT

But Carley felt there were no mitigating factors to reduce the punishment, and Watson himself has since stressed the importance of player safety.

Having blown a 17-3 lead, it is understandable that emotions were high in the wake of the result for the Scottish players.

Fagerson will face a disciplinary hearing via video conference on Tuesday evening.

Related Articles

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand Rugby Brawl

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    Must see all in brawl

  • 29 WEEKS AGO

    Shocking head shot in Ireland game sparks...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Faf De Klerk Involved With Wild Trick Play In Japanese Top League

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Italian Star With A Mind Blowing Finish For Toulouse

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Quick Thinking Etzebeth Scores Thrilling Try To Keep Sharks Alive In London

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Carlin Isles scores cracking tries in return to sevens rugby

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Nasty Stamp During Top 14 Clash Caught Up Close On Camera

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Leicester Tigers And Springbok Number Eight In Hot Water For Sickening Ankle Roll

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Controversy Brewing Following Lack Of TMO intervention In ‘Dangerous’ Toulouse Tackle

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Toulouse demonstrate power with spine tingling hits

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Ugly Club Rugby Incident Caught On Camera

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Sevens magic as 'headed' try brings stadium to its feet

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Almost 35,000 have now signed petition to reverse new grassroots tackle laws

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    RFU introduce maximum of waist high tackling in amateur rugby

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Big players omitted in Borthwick's new squad and Jones finds a new job - The fallout

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Chaotic try in classic footage shows just how unpredictable a rugby ball can be

View All

Funnies

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Faf De Klerk Involved With Wild Trick Play In Japanese Top League

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Sevens magic as 'headed' try brings stadium to its feet

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Australian Broadcasters Slammed For ‘Pathetic’ Attack On International Referee

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    “I’m Too Old” Referee Substituted In Bizarre Incident

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Bad day for referee Adam Leal as he takes a battering and then gets called by the wrong name

View All

Amateur

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 27 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Sarah Mckenna plays crossbar challenge with cheeky drop goal

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Capuozzo shows class with 'superman' flying finish

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Slade out and Lions star in as England injuries cause changes

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Josh Bassett signs for new premiership team after short stay at Harlequins

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter fly half to depart for France

View All