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Nigel Owens hits out at controversial scenes in England v Argentina sevens game

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England v Argentina sevens.

Nigel Owens has criticised the scenes in the England v Argentina sevens match on Saturday, when both sides allowed the clock to run down.

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.

Will Homer try.

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.

Nigel Owens.

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.

Owens, a renowned former referee, has now hit out at the scenes, taking to Twitter to air his criticism.

‘I don’t think this is good for the game,’ the Welshman posted. ‘A player or team must not do anything that is against the spirit of the game. I’m surprised the referee didn’t make him to ground the ball. Thats what we use to do when I was on the 7s circuit, many years ago,’ he added with a ‘laughter’ emoji.

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.

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