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.
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
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.
I don’t think this is good for the game. 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 😂. https://t.co/D6rdAhysEp
— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) May 22, 2022
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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