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Referee Gauzere holds hands up to errors in Wales win over England

Pascal Gauzere has admitted to making some high-profile errors during Wales' Six Nations win over En...


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Referee Gauzere holds hands up to errors in Wales win over England


Pascal Gauzere has admitted to making some high-profile errors during Wales' Six Nations win over England. 

The French official allowed two controversial first-half tries to stand as Wayne Pivac's side secured the Triple Crown with a 40-24 victory in Cardiff.

A Josh Adams try poked Welsh noses in front after 16-minutes, but only after Gauzere had told England captain Owen Farrell he could speak with his players.

Dan Biggar's crossfield kick came while the England team were still in a huddle, allowing Adams to touch down.

Gauzere then allowed a Liam Williams try to stand, despite an apparent knock-on in the build-up.

"We can't argue with the referee," England head coach Eddie Jones said after the game, "The result's there and we've got to accept it.

"They're huge decisions. We can't debate it, we are not allowed to debate it. All I will end up with is a fine and that won't help anyone.

"The dog won't be able to eat its food, wife won't be able to eat, so I can't say anything."

Referees boss Joel Jutge told Monday's Midi Olympique that Gauzere had owned up to his mistakes.

"I believe one has to be transparent and not let things drag on and say what one thinks," Jutge said.

"There were two unfortunate events during the match which were tough cases to handle. Pascal Gauzere recognised as such when he spoke to me on the phone.

"With regard to the second try, I think there is a tendency to refer to the TMO too often when one can make the call oneself on the pitch and stick with it, which if Pascal had whistled for a knock-on there would have meant no appeal by the TMO to review it.

"Pascal was the first to admit to this when he re-watched the match on Sunday. When one commits an error one should be transparent about it. Despite this he is still an excellent international referee.”

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