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Bit late now.
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 winger Anthony Watson beat 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.
“There was plenty of time after that decision. We had a couple of opportunities which we should have taken.”
Wales assistant Rob Howley says World Rugby have admitted television match official (TMO) was wrong to rule out Gareth Anscombe 'try' against England.
TMO Glenn Newman ruled Anthony Watson beat Anscombe to the ball.
But World Rugby's Alain Rolland confirmed an error was made. pic.twitter.com/gvciyes4hk
— BBC Sport Wales (@BBCSportWales) February 13, 2018