“This Is Potentially The Decision Of The Tournament”

In control.

A number of refereeing decisions have been criticised at the Rugby World Cup over the last few days but one absolutely huge one has been applauded.

England got off to a winning start against Tonga yesterday morning, scoring a late try to seal what could be a vital bonus-point, but things could have been very different had referee Paul Williams not made what Lawrence Dallaglio says could be the “decision of the tournament.”

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Tonga’s Sione Kalamafoni hit Anthony Watson with an absolute monster of a hit during the game that at first looked dangerous and high. But upon closer inspection, not only is Watson very low as he tries to gather the ball – the hit lands on the chest and below his chin.

“I think he has gone in there under control,” Dallaglio said on ITV.

“He has led with both his arms, so he is in control of his tackle.

“Paul Williams is comfortable that he has started midriff and the mitigation is that Anthony Watson is falling down – and he has ended up making contact below the chin.”