Wales told TMO made no-try error against England in Six Nations

England coach Eddie Jones believes what goes on field should stay on field saying World Rugby should not have responded
World Rugby admit Wales try at Twickenham should have counted despite Eddie Jones' pleas
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16 February, 2018

Wales head coach Warren Gatland described television match official Glenn Newman's first-half call as "a bad mistake" after full-back Anscombe appeared to get his hand on the ball a split-second ahead of England defender Anthony Watson.

England thrashed Italy 46-15 away from home in their opening match before squeezing past Wales 12-6 at Twickenham on the weekend.

Gatland's assistant Rob Howley also claimed Alain Rolland, the former referee who heads up World Rugby's team of elite match officials, has spoken to the Wales camp to admit to the error on behalf of his personnel.

South Africa's Jonathan Kaplan, rated the game's best referee at the peak of his powers, wrote in the Telegraph Newspaper that try should have been awarded and Welsh coach Warren Gatland said the TMO had made at awful 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".

But many felt a line was crossed when World Rugby upbraided South African referee Craig Joubert for incorrectly awarding Australia a late penalty that went on to cost Scotland a place in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup.

Gareth Anscombe right should have been awarded a first half try in Wales 12-6 defeat to England
SPORT Gareth Anscombe right should have been awarded a first half try in Wales' 12-6 defeat to England

"There was plenty of time after that decision".

England head coach Eddie Jones says the training session with the Georgia Rugby team was a valuable learning lesson for his team.

"It's a great opportunity for us to get some quality scrum practice in".

The England pack took part in scrum and lineout sessions at Latymer Upper School as part of a two-day training session with Milton Haig's side, and Jones believes it will benefit them in their NatWest 6 Nations campaign. "The game's done and dusted, so we've got to trust the referees and respect their integrity". I'm on a good behaviour bond so I've got to be careful what I say, but I just think that once the game's done and dusted that's the game. I think I have made myself very clear. Anscombe's right hand clearly gets to the ball before Watson is able to ground it.

No one can categorically state that Wales would have won the game if the try had stood but it would have changed the complexion of the game without a doubt and it's possible we could be looking at a different Six Nations table. "England's kicking game was outstanding and we expect no different in Ireland", Howley said.

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