Wales coach Wayne Pivac levels criticism at referee Romain Poite after he ignored call from TMO about a tackle in the air on Dan Biggar, right before England scored their first try
- England defeated Wales 24-13 to secure the top spot in Group A on Saturday
- Their first try was controversial after a possible tackle in the air wasn’t called
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Wayne Pivac piled criticism on referee Romain Poite after he felt Wales were whistled off the park in their defeat to England.
Wales struggled again in the set-piece, especially the scrum, as they lost 24-13, but Pivac was most angered by the officials allowing England’s first try.
In the build-up to Henry Slade’s score the Wales boss was dismayed that Poite did not spot that Dan Biggar was taken out in the air.
Wayne Pivac is frustrated with the referee after Wales fell to defeat against England
The referee allowed play to continue despite the TMO calling in to highlight a tackle in the air
‘The 11 first-half points are probably ones that we would argue the toss with,’ said Pivac.
‘Dan Biggar was tackled in the air and a try came from that. The TMO called in to say it was a tackle in the air but the referee played on.’
Pivac said his complaints to World Rugby are falling on deaf ears.
‘We’ve been doing it every week, to be honest with you,’ he added.
‘Behind the scenes we review the performances of our players and in doing that, we do pick up things that we send through to World Rugby.
Pivac says he will be complaining to World Rugby as he was frustrated with the decision
‘We’ll certainly be doing that on this particular occasion because I wasn’t happy with the first try of England’s.
‘Dan Biggar was clearly taken in the air. The TMO comes in and calls that but he’s over-ruled by the man in the middle.
‘It’s a big call in a game like that.
‘We then asked for him to have a look before the conversion was taken but our captain was dismissed 20 metres away.
Shortly after the incident, Henry Slade went on to score, and England won the game 24-13
‘That was disappointing and the scrums also need to be tidied up. There are a lot of resets and a lot of scrum penalties being awarded and in some cases, we think, wrongly so.’
While this was Wales’ seventh defeat in nine Tests under Pivac the boss is convinced his side are trending in the right direction.
‘I sound like a broken record but we’re looking at this series as an opportunity and to look at the depth of the squad going forward,’ said Pivac.
‘I take note of the players and listen to them and heard Alun Wyn Jones speak in the dressing room after the game, they believe that we’re heading in the right direction.’
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