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Rugby / Six Nations – Referee Gaüzère apologizes

Saturday, Wales won an important game against England. With this succeed, the Red Dragons can still believe to raise the Six Nations trophy, two years ago after the last victory. But this game has been marked by two debatable decisions in the first haft-time of the French referee, Pascal Gaüzère.

England lost Saturday against Wales (40-24), but after the end of the match, they found the responsible for their defeat, the referee Pascal Gaüzère. Martin Johson, former England captain and head coach of the England team, has spoken of an “appalling refereeing” from Pascal Gaüzère.

Two contreversial decisions for two Welsh tries

The reason of this declaration? the first two welsh tries. 

At the 16th minutes, Wales got a penalty in 22 England meters, the wales Fly-Half played fast the penalty, while the England team wasn’t ready. And Adams scored the try. Despite Youngs’ contestation, the referee granted the try. 

14 minutes later, Liam Williams scored a second try for Wales, but Rees-Zammit made an acorn on this action. After a long discussion with the video referee, the referee granted the try.  Owen Farrell and these teammates lost the game 40-24. Without their two debatable tries, the result of this game could have been different.

Gaüzère recognized his mistakes 

Monday, the referee’s leader, Joël Jutge, has been interviewed by the French newspaper Midi Olympique. He has spoken about this game “On this match, there are two unfortunate situations”. And he has revealed to have had a phone call with Pascal Gaüzère, Sunday. And the French referee recognized these mistakes “Pascal Gaüzère recognized himself (these mistakes)”. Despite this game, Joël Jutge still trusts the referee “He’s still an excellent international referee”.

The England team has to move on, because they will take on France in two weeks. They have to win this game to save their tournament.

Guillaume Raulot

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