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Watch: Gloucester Denied Try In Controversial Circumstances


At Kingsholm, Gloucester and Castres are battling it out in Pool 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup. 

With nothing separating Munster and Exeter in yesterday’s arm-wrestle at Sandy Park, there is a huge opportunity for one of these sides to take an early advantage after round one.

Gloucester will be hoping to win this game considering they face a tough challenge at Thomond Park next Saturday but they were denied a try by referee Marius Mitrea much to the confusion of those in attendance and pundits covering the game.

During an attacking ruck, Callum Braley picked the ball up and ran down the blindside which eventually led to a try.

However, the referee called the play back for an alleged offence at the ruck. Mitrea adjudged Fraser Balmain to have a tackled a player off the ball when it seemed like he was part of the ruck and merely clearing out a player.

However, Mitrea believed he was not part of the ruck and the try was chalked off and a penalty awarded to Castres.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email or on Twitter

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