By Thomas Corbet
11 Feb 24 at 12:09
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Torn away in the last moments of the meeting of the 2e day of 6 Nations Tournament 2024, the victory of the XV of France against Scotland was quite uneven. Married by a refereeing controversy, but also marked by strange timeouts during the exchanges of kicks, in which there foreign press reacted.
The last moments of Scotland – France in this 2024 6 Nations Tournament have not finished making headlines, as the defeat of the XV du Chardon seems, objectively, quite unfair. Both with regard to this final decision of the referees of the match, certainly explainable by the very strict application of the protocol, and the overall impression left by the match.
A denial of reality to close Scotland – France
On the side of the Scottish antenna of the BBCwe still find it hard to believe the latest decision of referee Nic Berry and his video referee Brian MacNeice, the latter having done a “moonwalk” and changed his mind several times to refuse Sam Skinner’s try.
“Everyone was stunned. We were told that what we saw was not what we saw. The mind plays tricks, apparently. That thing on the line wasn’t actually a ball, but something else. A discarded helmet, a seagull. A play of light. The product of a multitude of imaginations,” writes Tom English.
Consultant for the BBC, former referee Nigel Owens also had his say on this crucial moment: “It’s one of those really, really difficult decisions, but the ball looks like it’s going to be flattened. »
“Devastation as a verdict,” describes Michael Aylwin of The Guardian, recalling all the same that Scotland had had all the ammunition to take cover: “They would have easily won, if dominating was the measure. »
Sadness and Dupont Law
Although the clear winners of this standoff, the Blues are not spared by the foreign press after a second messy outing in this 2024 6 Nations Tournament. “A poor touch, a random kicking game but a courageous defense », headlines the Times.
“The Blues have new coaches in charge of attack and touchline, and unsurprisingly these are the two sectors which have caused the most consternation for Fabien Galthié in these first two days. Fortunately for the French, they have high-class individuals to get them out of these situations,” we can read on PlanetRugby.
At the Telegraph, we do not hesitate to describe the second half of Scotland – France as “mostly sad”. After the few passages of kicking observed during Scotland – France, during which almost everyone stopped playing, PlanetRugby calls on World Rugby to change what is now called the “Dupont Law”: “We are at a point where World Rugby must act to amend this law. »
A situation that Nigel Owens described as “grotesque” and unentertaining. And we would tend to agree with him.
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