The end of the match between Scotland and France (16-20) was marked by a try refused to the XV du Chardon in the final seconds. A difficult decision to digest on the Scottish side. Even if the local media refuse to cry scandal.
A miracle in Scotland. Still recovering, a week after taking water at home against the XV du Trèfle (38-17), the French team had to fight hard to win in Edinburgh (20-16), Saturday, during of the second day of the VI Nations Tournament. The Blues had to resist an intense last five minutes, with a try refused after video refereeing, to achieve this success which allows them to get back on track. In the final seconds, Sam Skinner believed he gave his team a decisive advantage. But referee Nic Berry, after a long exchange with his video assistant, ultimately did not grant the try, considering that the ball had not been flattened in the French in-goal. A decision that is inevitably difficult to digest on the Scottish side.
“France came away with the victory this evening, but for me, there was a try at the end. It’s not up to me to make this decision, it’s up to the referee, it’s his work”, reacted the co-captain and former fly-half of Racing 92, Finn Russell. Without overwhelming the refereeing: “We can’t let the referee decide the outcome of a match, it’s up to us to play better and make these matches victories.” Scottish coach Gregor Townsend also had a little difficulty hiding his disappointment. “I don’t understand (the referee’s) reasoning. When you look at the images… I’m sorry for the players. We played so well, we went down and came back. It was a big victory for our team. fans, but it was taken away from us. We thought there was a try. But it’s sport, we know it and we have to be even better,” he said.
The Scottish media are not screaming scandal
Some were much less careful in expressing their anger. Top scorer in the history of Scottish rugby (809 points), Chris Paterson said he was “shocked” by the referee’s decision, while Scottish MP Jamie Halcro Johnston commented on social networks: “A Terrible decision. Scotland was robbed. What’s the point of having the video if you don’t believe what you see? There was a try.”
Overall, the Scottish media are less bitter. No question for them to cry scandal, even if many recognize that it will take a little time to digest the outcome of this part. “When Ramos made it 20-16 for France, the hold-up was underway. Skinner then swung the match in favor of Scotland, but he didn’t… He scored a decisive try, but he didn’t do it… The ball was flattened on the ground but, apparently, it wasn’t…”, summarizes Tom English, head of the BBC sports section.
For their part, The Daily Record and The Scotsman both speak of a “controversial defeat”, without trying to add to it, with their eyes already turned towards the next meeting of the XV du Chardon. It will be February 24 at Murrayfield against England. The Blues will host Italy the next day.