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Russia Expected “A More Severe Penalty” For Samoa’s High Tackles

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Russian head coach Lyn Jones has admitted that he was surprised at the leniency of the referee to two of Samoa’s players who were penalised for high tackles.

Samoan centre Ray Lee-Lo was sent to the bin in the 27th minute for a tackle in which his shoulder made contact with the head of Russia’s full-back, Vasily Artemyev. Referee, Romain Poite, outlined that the hit was a red cad offence but it was downgraded to a yellow for mitigating factors.

Less than two minutes later, an almost carbon copy of the incident occurred again, this time it was Samoa’s hooker Motu Matu’u who was found guilty of the high tackle on Artemyev.

Again, the referee and the TMO deemed that the full-back was dipping and Matu’u was shown a yellow card, though he was already departing the field for a HIA as a result of the heavy challenge.

Speaking after the 34-9 loss, the Wales native admitted that the game would have been different had the players been shown a red, however, he conceded that his side failed to take their chances with the numerical advantage.

“It is a tough one to pass comment. The officials are there to make judgements. We were expecting a more severe penalty than what was given but Mr Romain is far more experienced than I am to make those decisions.

“Two red cards, and the world is a different place.

“When we were down a yellow card, we gave away three tries and that’s disappointing. When they were down to 13, we couldn’t capitalise.”

Samoa took control of the game early on with a try from Alapati Leiu but two penalties Yury Kushnarev saw Russia take a one-point lead into the break.

However, Steve Jackson’s side were far more dominant in the second period and five more tries, including another from man-of-the-match Leiu, saw them stroll to the comfortable win.

Samoa now have a six-day turnaround before their clash against Scotland while, following two games in five days, Russia have over a week to prepare for their meeting with Ireland.

After a disappointing performance, Russian captain Artemyev is hoping to give a good account of themselves against Joe Schmidt’s side.

“We didn’t manage to score points by playing 15 on 13. We were missing patience and losing the ball. If we had scored a try, that would have helped us a lot in mental terms.

“At the beginning of the second half we lost the pace of the game and the ball possession, giving Samoans chances to attack.

“We could not play the whole 80 minutes as we should have to. The last two games showed that we are not able to convert all the chances that we get.

“We are expecting so much from the match against Ireland. We will try to get as much experience as possible from that and to show good Russian rugby.”

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. You can contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter