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Rugby Social: Joe Marler lays into referee’s ‘terrible performance’ on Twitter

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Referee Ben Whitehouse found himself the centre of attention on an uncomfortable number of occasions in front of a raucous Stade Marcel-Michelin.

The 27-year-old Welshman will not enjoy his performance much more when he reviews those big calls.

Even England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler weighed in.

Fussy over the set-piece scrum, he ruled out a Northampton try in the first half for a knock-on when Courtney Lawes seemed to legitimately dislodge the ball from Cassang’s grasp for Dylan Hartley to pounce.

Five minutes later, Hartley was then shown a harsh yellow as his outstretched arm accidentally caught Rabah Slimani in the face.

Clermont also had cause for complaint when replays showed Day’s foot had been out of play shortly before he scored Saints’ only try.

Most worrying, however, was Whitehouse’s decision to allow Morgan Parra to return to the action after the official believed he had been knocked unconscious in an attempted tackle on Luther Burrell.

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