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Thursday 27 October 2016

"When you're down, we'll go in."

Published 12/10/2015 | 02:30

"When you're down, we'll go in."

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Rabah Slimani is given a talking to at the first scrum by referee Nigel Owens (right).

"Push over here."

Freddie Michalak tries to move the ball in-field for his opening shot at goal but eagle-eyed Owens is wise to his tricks.

"How are we looking boys? Everything okay?

"Holding players in, yeah. Remember to fall back and watch the kick and chase."

During a break in play, Owens has a chat with his touch judges to ensure they are all on the same page.

"Number one wouldn't let me go there at the last ruck."

"If he didn't, I missed it."

Paul O'Connell has a quiet word with Owens.

"Tackle without the ball. No, not you this time. You were okay."

Yoann Maestri is in the clear but his second-row partner Pascal Pape guilty of a cheap shot.

"Pushing the chasers. There's no need. Make it stop."

Thierry Dusautoir as warned about his players' indiscipline.

"Leave him, six. Good lad."

Peter O'Mahony heeds Owens's advice at a ruck.

"At the last scrum, you dropped your knee. Keep it up."

Cian Healy gets a talking-to early in the second half.

"16 was on his feet."


"You agree? That's a first."

Jamie Heaslip concedes a penalty but agrees that he was in the wrong for holding on.

"You've been very good, now keep it the same."

Slimani is praised for his scrum efforts.

"Have you got a bang on your head? Do you need to go for a test?"

"No, I'm fine."

What's my name?"


Owens checks Chris Henry for concussion.

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