ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Monday Jun 7, 2021

Lam's explanation of bizarre situation that caused heated touchline argument

The weekend’s Premiership clash between Leicester and Bristol will go down as one of the most bizarre finishes of the season as both head coaches Steve Borthwick and Pat Lam engaged in a pitchside argument over the substitution of prop John Afoa.

ADVERTISEMENT

Borthwick labelled Lam a liar after the latter was quizzed about whether Afoa was substituted at half-time as a tactical replacement or if he came off injured.

The situation came to a head when Bristol needed to find a scrum replacement after a yellow card for Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro deep into injury time. Lam insisted to referee Ian Tempest that Afoa should be allowed to come back on despite being listed as a tactical sub after 40 minutes.

Speaking after the match, Borthwick refused to get himself involved in any more debate on the subject.

“When I don’t have much good to say about people, I don’t say it,” he said.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I’d rather not comment on the behaviour of the opposition. I’d rather not comment on what happened at the end. I’d rather comment on what happened in the minutes before that… there will be a lot of talk about the last couple of minutes there and the way people conducted themselves and that is not for me to talk about any of that.”

Lam responded to BT Sport, saying: “You all know I never ever take John Afoa off at 40 minutes. Then when that happened at the end there and he needed to go back on I didn’t realise he was on a tactical, I thought it was on injury and with that they wanted him to back on.

“My concern was we had driven up here because of Covid, he is nearly 40 and he sat there the whole half. Although they were, ‘Let’s go, it’s tactical’, I said we have got to look at the safety of John.

“Then the Leicester boys came in and started going and accusing us and Johnny said, ‘Bugger it, I’m going (on)’. I wasn’t happy but John said I’ll just do it and that is what he did, he went in and did the job. That is basically what happened.”

Lam said that the whole affair was a simple misunderstanding which escalted in the heat of the moment.

“Ultimately it was a misunderstanding. I thought when John came off it was written down as an injury but again he is coming off at half-time, I’m in the middle of talks and all that so I just thought it was straightforward.

“Then it came up that Johnny is going back on, he needs to go on because it is tactical and I go hold on, he has sat there the whole time, he hasn’t warmed up, we didn’t think he was going back on. That is what the confusion (was).”

Related Articles

  • 28 WEEKS AGO

    Slow motion footage of INSANE Fiji try vs...

  • 28 WEEKS AGO

    Five minutes of brutal Kwagga Smith aggression...

  • 28 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Shock selection brings raw emotions...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: Blues score two STUNNING tries against Queensland Reds

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Racing 92 know how play ‘GORGEOUS’ rugby

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Teddy Thomas rinses defence with BLISTERING pace

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Every Ulster try scored in Europe this season..and it’s glorious!

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Fijian Drua show RIDICULOUS skillset and can score from anywhere

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Fans outraged after shocking Owen Farrell moment

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Big Rugby Collision In South African Schools Match

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Sickening Shot Leaves Motionless

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Hardest hit of all time

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Duhan Van der Merwe makes INCREDIBLE try saving tackle

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Hooker scores masterful try

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Tadhg Furlong produces one of the best ever passes by a forward

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Hardest hit of all time

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Leicester Tigers respond to hilarious fan incident

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Thrilling clash between Munster and Toulouse settled by a place kick shootout

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Watch: The Internet Remains Undefeated In Champions Cup Build-Up

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: First It Was BoJo Now It's ScoMo

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Dad and 7 sons in Ireland forward pack

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Shocking mistake by Brumbies fullback prevents a certain try

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge hits back at Brian Moore

View All

Amateur

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: Epic Speech Epitomises Rugby Values

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Epic touchline conversion from Tighthead seals the deal

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Veteran props compared to Tadhg Furlong in new viral video

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 119 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Israel Folau named back in international rugby today!

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    James Haskell sends twitter into another meltdown

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Harlequins full-back to leave at the end of the season

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Fans shocked after some huge recalls in the England squad

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Huge opportunity for young prodigy

View All