On Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:46:03 -0000, "Mentalguy2k8"
>>>>> Good. It's not the first time such criticism has been levelled at
>>>>> and not just from England. No point debating whether it changed the
>>>>> but we've always been on the wrong side of his unique "style". Seems
>>>>> strange that most other teams can "adapt" to his refereeing but England
>>>>> never seem to be able to. I don't suppose anything will come out of
>>>>> this, but at least it might make it less likely that Walsh gets picked
>>>>> for any more England/Lions games in future, let's hope so.
>>>> Some of those collapsed-scrum decisions were quite mysterious to me.
>>> The team on top and going forward gets more breaks <shrug>
>> Agree, and the move looks like England looking for excuses.
>No I don't think it is, it seems to be a result of the "forensic analysis"
>of the video footage after the game. It's reasonable to say "this is what
>you asked of our team and this is what we did, so why were you still
>penalising us?" because there's no point coaching a team in specifics if it
>turns out you're coaching something that gives away penalty after penalty.
>I've never liked Walsh when he referees England so I'm inclined to believe
>that if he had the chance to be extra-vigilant towards us and turn a blind
>eye to the Welsh, he would. If it was anyone else it would be incompetence
>but with Walsh, there's something more. He's quite capable of refereeing
>properly when he wants to, and again, England aren't the only team to
>complain about his "style".
I can't see the point of Lancaster's comment regarding the breakdown
leading to the first try. Even if there were some heinous event, refs
make mistakes. The general approach to the breakdown would be a
potentially legitimate area to complain, but as it happens on the day
I though England just had too few players, especially opensides, at
the breakdown. If Walsh had said one thing pre game, but used a
different approach on the field, that would be pretty miserable, but
hard to prove. I would be very surprised if that had happened, too.
The scrum needs a revamp, regardless of whether Wales were pulling a
sneaky or not. England need to be able to cope with sneakies though,
so the responsibility lies on them to improve there. Don't blame the
ref - be better.
All the best