Eddie Jones Responds To World Rugby Admitting TMO Mistake
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“Get on with it.”
It was revealed yesterday that World Rugby have admitted that Gareth Anscombe’s “try” against England at Twickenham on Saturday evening, should have been given by the Television Match Official (TMO).
TMO Glenn Newman ruled that England winger Anthony Watson beat Wales’ Gareth Anscombe to the ball in the crucial Six Nations clash. But World Rugby’s Alain Rolland confirmed an error was made.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland was among those who were furious with the decision, and it appears his anger was justified. England won the game 12-6 in the end, but who knows what the try could have done for Wales.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Wales assistant coach Rob Howley said:
“I know Warren Gatland spoke to Alain Rolland, and they confirmed that the TMO made a mistake.”
“It was good to have dialogue with World Rugby. That phone call took place – I think it was yesterday – and Alain Rolland confirmed on behalf of World Rugby that the TMO made a mistake.
“It’s happened. It is disappointing that happens in professional sport, but we focus on the next two weeks and getting ourselves ready for Ireland.
On the flip side, England head coach Eddie Jones was asked about World Rugby’s decision to undermine their TMO and admit the try should have been given.
Jones says he doesn’t think it helps “support the integrity of the referee” and once the game is done we should just “get on with it.”
“The referee’s decisions are made during the game. World Rugby has got a history of giving retrospective decisions and I don’t think it helps support the integrity of the referee.” Jones told Sky Sports
“Once a game is done, that’s it. Get on with it. You can’t take back the decision.
“You’re upset but we’ve all had that. We’ve all experienced that situation. Sometimes you get the rub of the green, sometimes you don’t. You get on with it and move on.”