Premiership team somehow played with 16 players at the weekend - Ruck

Premiership team somehow played with 16 players at the weekend

Newcastle boss Dave Walder was puzzled as to why Bath were able to have 16 players on the pitch during the final minutes of the Falcons’ 24-16 defeat at the Recreation Ground.

Walder said: ”There were 16 bath players on the pitch for 34 seconds and the reality as I said to Paul Hull it had no bearing on us winning the game – there was a 1min 14 seconds left and we were eight points down.

“I just think that at professional level with a team of five – and I include the television match official – I don’t think it is acceptable you have 16 men on the pitch for any reason.

“The explanation I got back was that the assistant referees were aware of the situation and a Bath player was meant to be leaving on the other side of the pitch and then when the ball came towards him he didn’t.

“The officials acted immediately and the ball was blown dead and there was 34 seconds and while they held their hands up and said it was a mistake I don’t believe it should happen at professional level.

“It just added to my frustrations around the game and the communications between referee, assistant referees and TMO. The referee has ultimate control around the playing environment and the buck stops with him.

“The team managers give the fourth official a card about who is coming on and I would expect the official to watch who is coming off and going on. For some reason it was missed.”

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