Nigel Owens confirms that Italy penalty should have been retaken, referee missed offence - Ruck

Nigel Owens confirms that Italy penalty should have been retaken, referee missed offence

Renowned ex-referee Nigel Owens appears to have validated assertions that Paulo Garbisi’s crucial late penalty miss ought to have been subject to a retake, following the apparent infringement by French defenders.

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The fly-half looked set to seal the historic win until the ball fell off the tee, which resulted in a rushed attempt due to the shot clock.

There has been a lot of chat online about the incident, and Owens has seemingly confirmed there thought that the kick should have been retaken.

Rugby scribe Paul Williams tweeted: “I didn’t think you were allowed to charge a pen. Even if the ball falls off the tee? Or is it classed as having moved, therefore in play?”

Owens responded by saying: “No you can’t charge a PK only a conversion,”

One fan wrote on Reddit: “According to World Rugby’s rules you can’t charge down a penalty kick and have to stand still with arms at your side. Clearly not what happened in game. Penalty should have been retaken 10m in front of where it was originally.”

A second said: “I’m not one of those people who says games are gifted by officials, but in this case when it was a draw and the earlier try from France should not have been given it’s different. That not one of the officials did nothing about the French players moving towards him during the kick is a huge failure considering it’s clearly stated in the laws. Italy will not get a chance like this potentially ever again.”

Another commented: “Are there any repercussions when referees make egregiously bad decisions? Like, I’m against players/coaches laying into refs and the media making a big show of them, but surely World Rugby should have a process for reviewing these situations? Also, how come the TMO and assistant referees kept quiet when the French players charged the kick? The ball didn’t go out right away. There was plenty of time for them to flag it with him.”

A fourth added: “Ref got caught in the headlights. First international game, right? Maybe unlucky for this to happen in your first game or maybe the French felt they could get away with it with him.”

“3/10” – 5 players who flopped in the third round of the 2024 Six Nations

We examine five players who struggled to deliver during the third round of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations, while England, Ireland, and France secured wins.

#1. Josh Adams (Wales)

Rugby Pass 3/10: “Scrambled on defence and offered a release with a big right boot. His leading role in the blitz defence meant he missed as many tackles as he made. Replaced by Mason Grady on 57 minutes.”

Rugby Dump 4/10: “Not the force he once way, Adams looks out of sorts at the moment and will be under pressure from the likes of Mason Grady who was superb when he came on.”

Planet Rugby 4/10: “Relatively quiet and spent most of the game defending but missed more tackles than he made. Would have liked to impose himself on the game more.”

Wales Online 5/10: “Didn’t get many opportunities to show his class with ball in hand but there were a few aimless kicks, and he missed a tackle on Ireland hooker Dan Sheehan in the first-half. Worked hard during the second-half but it wasn’t his day.”

Telegraph 5/10: “Tough day, copping an early blow tackling Aki before being steamrolled by Sheehan. Was later crunched too by a big Van der Flier tackle.”

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