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Nigel Owens Comes In For Massive Criticism Following Pro 12 Final

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Nigel Owens has been at the receiving end of a great deal of criticism after the Pro 12 final.

After taking charge of the World Cup and European Rugby Champions Cup finals earlier this season, Remarkably, the Pro 12 decider was the third decider Nigel Owens officiated this season.

Indeed, such is Owens’ standing in the game, few would would question his appointment at show piece events.

Nevertheless, in the aftermath of the Pro 12 final, fans questioned many of Owens’ decisions, and some even accused him of favouring Connacht.

Owens’ judgement could rightfully be called into question, after he allowed play continue after Tiernan O’Halloran fell to the ground following a blow to the head.

The Connacht player lay on the ground for a number of minutes, while play continued around him and did not stop until Sean Cronin crossed for Leinster only try of the game.

The second incident that drew ire from fans, saw Owens rule out a Leinster try, after the Welsh whistle blower judged Johnny Sexton to have thrown a forward pass in the build up.

Although replays were inconclusive, Owens should really have consulted the TMO before calling for a scrum.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

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