Furious George Ford slams referee’s decision after his conversion attempt was thwarted by Wales’ quick thinking.
Despite leading England to a nail-biting 16-14 win over Wales in the Six Nations clash at Twickenham, Ford was left seething as his attempt to convert Ben Earl’s first-half try was disrupted by Wales’ swift actions.
Ford’s precision with two crucial penalties secured the victory, but his frustration was evident as Wales’ tactics nullified his conversion opportunity.
“It doesn’t make sense to me,” said Ford.
“I’m trying to use the full shot clock time as we’ve got men in the sin-bin.
“You’re at the back of your stance, have your routine, and if adjusting your feet like that is initiating your run-un then, I’m not too sure to be honest.”
Ford continues: “Some of us kickers are going to have to stand like statues at the back of our run-up now,” said Ford.
“A lot of things with kickers, you want to get a feel, and sometimes you don’t quite feel right at the back of your run-up.
“So, you adjust a bit and think, ‘right, I’ve got it now’.
“You want your best to be at the ball and all those things. What it means for us kickers is that we’ve got to be ultra diligent with our set-up and process.
“If they are going to go down that route and look for things like that, we can’t afford that.”
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“0/10” – Five players who flopped in the 2024 Six Nations today
Below, we look at five players who across the day who failed to perform for their respected nation.
FIVE PLAYERS WHO FLOPPED:
#1. Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland)
Rugby Dump 4/10: “Pretty anonymous throughout as he rarely got his hands on the ball. He did save a certain French try albeit in controversial circumstances as he appeared to go high but got away with it.”
Planet Rugby 5/10: “Like Rowe. the behemoth flyer did not see much of the ball but when he did, he kept France‘s defence busy. He eventually gained 18 attacking metres from five runs and was pretty anonymous on defence as he only made three tackles but missed two of those.”
Rugby 365 5.5/10: “Came off his left wing to make the extra man in the attack that led to White’s try, but didn’t have the ball in his hands enough from a Scottish point of view. Well shackled by the French defence, and made one excellent cover tackle to collar Fickou after the centre’s coruscating break.”