Ireland are well on track to Six Nations glory following a thrilling 37-27 win against Wales in Dublin, but one talking point has emerged which is dominating the thoughts of supporters – the performance of referee Glen Jackson.
Two tries from Jacob Stockdale and Bundee Aki, Dan Leavy and Cian Healy as well as improved second-half kicking performance from Jonathan Sexton were enough to see Ireland over the line to a huge psychological victory, but according to some, the help of a 16th man went a long way in dictating the result.
Welsh supporters were less than impressed with the performance of the New Zealander, citing a reluctancy to penalise Irish players for the same things he awarded them penalties, and pointing to instances of ignorance, off the ground incidents and slow release of the ball as sticking points.
I have never seen such a biased referee in my life as glen Jackson refereeing the Ireland v Wales game. #disgusting
— Richard Morris (@Morris5R) February 24, 2018
The ref seems to be giving penalties to Ireland just because Wales have the ball #IREvWAL
— MB (@CodeIsBroken) February 24, 2018
Blatant holding onto the ball by Ireland in the tackle and referee not penalising. Has he been given too much Guinness?
— Jack Nastyface (@flamddryn) February 24, 2018
Another terrible decision or non decision by the referee that led to Ireland’s first try in 2nd half. Clearly taken in the air …. Penalty Wales ….. Not given #IREvWAL #itvsport #sixnations @WorldRugby pic.twitter.com/g7qFg0p5RR
— Andrew Lavoipierre (@ALavoipierre) February 24, 2018
Glen Jackson has murdered Wales today. Don’t get me wrong, Wales have been 2nd best in a lot but he’s not helped things at all. #walesvireland
— Richard Saltmarsh (@richardsalty12) February 24, 2018
Strange that Wales and ireland both doing the same at the breakdown , offsides etc
Ireland = nothing
— Neil (@NeilTaff66) February 24, 2018
While the win for Ireland will be huge in their quest towards the title, it means Wales’ hopes are over after two defeats from their opening three matches.
Many Welsh fans will point to Jackson as the reasoning behind that situation, but for Ireland it doesn’t matter how you win as long as you do.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena