Irish fans were incensed at Mike Brown’s stamp on Conor Murray.
Just as it seemed as if Ireland were about to cross the line to secure a try that would set up a grand stand finish in Twickenham, Ultan Dillane was stopped under the posts.
The young lock impressed with a barnstorming charge into the 22, and but thwarted by an impressive try saving tackle.
However it is what happened next that has caused a storm of controversy. Although Danny Care was rightfully binned for slowing down the ball, Mike Brown could have also seen yellow for stamping on Conor Murray’s head.
While his first action can be excused, his two subsequent stamps cannot. It was therefore strange that the match officials deemed the incident an accident.
Consequently, not only were Irish fans enraged but rugby fans around the globe.
— Helen (@Helen_Boe) February 27, 2016
— Neil C (@NRJC101) February 27, 2016
@Danceive more bothered about mike brown kicking conor Murray in the head 3 times than that.
— David (@tdagarim_) February 27, 2016
@RavenhillRoar How many accidental kicks at Conor Murray does Mike Brown need?
— David Reid (@DavidRe43526962) February 27, 2016
Mike Brown kicked Conor Murray in the face 4 times….but no big deal ?
— Orla Dooley (@__Orla) February 27, 2016
Four full forced kicks aimed at Conor Murray by Mike Brown there. Referee/TMO taking a page out of Wayne Barnes book and showing zero bottle
— Robin Schiller (@11SchillRob) February 27, 2016
Conor Murray might need a new eye after that, nice one Mike Brown, it’s rugby you’re playing not football with someone’s head..
— Ailsa Small (@AilsaSmall) February 27, 2016
Thought ? was a gentleman’s sport? Does Mike Brown wanna leave then or wha? Coz there is NOTHING gentlemanly about him #SixNations
— Amy Griffiths (@Amy_Griffs) February 27, 2016
How Mike Brown didn’t get a red card for what he did I’ll never know???
— Ethan (@ethanwaters47) February 27, 2016
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