The Toulouse Sevens game between Argentina and England took a bizarre turn as Will Homer was allowed to run down the clock on the opposition try line.
A last-minute try from Will Homer wasn’t enough to see England beat Argentina, as Los Pumas secured a 19-7 victory to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the Toulouse leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.
However, Homer could have scored the try a lot earlier than he did, as he stood in the in-goal area for over two minutes, waiting for the clock to go into the red before touching the ball down and ending the game.
Argentina allowed Homer to run down the clock in their in-goal area, and a couple of players were actually called back by their coach when they started to approach the England player to force him to score the try.
Both Argentina and England progressed to the quarter-finals.
Argentina and England were both happy to do nothing and let the clock run down, as both sides would progress at the expense of Canada thanks to a 19-7 scoreline.
Canada had beaten Japan in an earlier game, which sent the Canucks to the top of Pool A with two wins and a loss and in prime position to qualify for the quarter-finals.
England had won both their games before they played Argentina, while Argentina had won one and lost one, which meant Los Pumas needed a win to progress to the quarter-finals, while England only needed to lose by less than 16 points.
Homer’s try meant that England would lose by 12 (or 14 if the conversion was unsuccessful) so he decided to wait until time was up to touch the ball down, as they were in danger of conceding a try which would see them miss out on the quarter-finals if he scored with time left on the clock.
For Argentina, there was a slight chance that they would concede two more tries to either lose or draw the game, which would have seen them fail to progress to the quarter-finals, so they opted to allow England to run down the clock.
Unique. Bizarre. Controversial
Time seems to stand still in Toulouse as England deliberately delay scoring the try that takes them through to the quarter-finals – and Argentina, down to six men and also going through, let them#HSBC7s | #France7 pic.twitter.com/nF29JbVpdy
— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) May 21, 2022
Canada have a right to feel aggrieved.
Canada will certainly not be happy with the turn of events, as England and Argentina essentially agreed to stop playing so they would both progress at the expense of the Canadians.
Argentina will face Ireland in the quarter-finals while England will play Samoa this evening at the Stade Ernest-Wallon in Toulouse.