ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Sunday May 22, 2022

WATCH: Terrible Sportsmanship Or Ultimate Gamesmanship

Former international referee extraordinaire Nigel Owens has led the way online in his condemnation of the controversial 2-minute try scored in the England vs Argentina fixture at this weekend’s Toulouse 7s tournament.

ADVERTISEMENT

In a now deleted tweet Owen said the following, “I don’t think this is good for the game. A player or team must not do anything that is against the spirit of the game. I’m surprised the referee didn’t tell him to ground the ball. That’s what we used to do when I was on the 7s circuit, many years ago.”

The score itself left fans, players and officials scratching their heads as Argentina willingly allowed England’s Will Horner to breakaway for an easy score.

What followed easy even more bizarre as Horner took a full two minutes to touchdown whilst standing over the try line.

At the time of the score Argentina were leading 19 – 0 and were a man down. The reason behind their lack of interest in chasing down Horner and perhaps even more controversially England’s willingness to throw the game was that an Argentina win, and England loss by that a 12-point margin would see both sides progress to the quarterfinals.

The biggest losers would be Canada as they then failed to progress due to the incident.All three sides were level on seven points with the Canadians losing out due to an inferior point deferential.

ADVERTISEMENT

Whilst many will argue that no laws were broken, Owen’s argued that the spirit of the game took a real knock. Whilst New Zealand journalist Paul Tait noted that in fact two laws had been broken, law 9.7.d – wasting time and law 9.27 – against good sportsmanship.

The incident has certainly left observers scratching their head and could well see a clamp down from World Rugby to ensure this does not happen again.

ADVERTISEMENT

Comments




Related Articles

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Commonwealth games funny rugby moment

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Alex Davies returns from injury

  • 91 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand lose final despite number 10...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    The dummy that sold the whole of Perth - including the cameraman

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Bayonne score 'one of the best tries you'll ever see' in latest match against Exeter

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Baloucoune shows Andy Farrell what he's missing as the winger tears through Harlequins defence

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Seriously impressive Courtney Lawes compilation released after England player calls time on international career

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji number eight Viliame 'Bill' Mata scores audacious try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations opener

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Monster hit from Perrin leaves Bristol Bears player stunned

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    Posolo Tuilagi's massive tackle lights up Top 14

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 0 HOUR AGO

    130m 'Try of the Decade' breaks the rugby internet

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Statement: Championship clubs fire back at RFU after 'flawed proposals' create rift

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    RFU proposes two-tier Premiership franchise to replace Championship despite huge opposition

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Compilation video shows Jamie George's surprising box of tricks

View All

Funnies

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Shaun Edwards leaves room silent in new Six Nations documentary with French to English transition

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Streaker causes major bust up as he tackles player

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Luke Cowan-Dickie left red faced after losing very costly bet

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Mack Hansen proves once again that he is a hero in Ireland

View All

Amateur

  • 59 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 59 WEEKS AGO

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

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 82 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 0 HOUR AGO

    130m 'Try of the Decade' breaks the rugby internet

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    What Tom Shanklin had to say about former teammate Gavin Henson

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Kinghorn returns to threaten England defence in Calcutta Cup

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Spencer and Lawrence to feature as multiple changes made to England line-up to face Scotland

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Mike Philips recounts crazy night Shane Williams tried to fight Warren Gatland

View All