Brian Moore has accused Scarlets flanker James Davies of ‘cheating by exaggeration
Former England hooker and BBC TV analyst has called on World Rugby to crack down on simulation
Davies caused a wave of social media criticism when going down from a slap to the head
Brian Moore has accused Scarlets flanker James Davies of ‘cheating by exaggeration’ and called on World Rugby to crack down on simulation creeping into the game.
Rio Olympic Games silver medallist Davies caused a wave of social media criticism when going down from a slap to the head from Saracens lock Will Skelton which earned the Australian international giant a yellow card.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph the 69-times capped England and Lions hooker said: “In truth, Scarlets should have won this game but, had they done so, it would have been spoiled by another example of simulation (cheating by exaggeration) from their openside Davies.
— BT Sport Rugby (@btsportrugby) January 15, 2017
After, illegally, taking hold of Will Skelton by the neck he received an open-hand slap, which after four steps tottering backwards, caused him to collapse to the floor.
“World Rugby must compel officials to stop this because it is copied at all levels and will just encourage that type of behaviour.
“The fact that this is just the latest of several times I have had to raise this point shows it is not being eradicated. It must be.”
Hmmm yellow card for Will Skelton, Oscar for James Davies?? He “sold” that quite hard!
— Andrew McKenna (@talkMacca) January 15, 2017
As good a player as James Davies is that dive is shocking. We don’t want that rugby. Man up or we’ll end up like those overpaid wankers.
— mathew Morgan (@mathewmogs) January 15, 2017
Yellow for James Davies for diving from a #slap
— Austin Healey (@IamAustinHealey) January 15, 2017