A lot of ex-players thought Johnny Sexton took a dive with his 'football' reaction during today's game
Johnny Sexton gave a dominant performance in Ireland's Six Nations finale as the team recorded a 35-25 win over Scotland.
But while Sexton orchestrated the four-try win, a lot of people outside Ireland focused on one particular incident midway through the second half. As the out-half tried to poach a ball at the breakdown, Scottish centre Alex Dunbar flipped him dangerously past the horizontal and onto his back.
Sexton initially threw his hands up towards the referee in protest before clutching his head, with many former players voicing their disappointment with the playmaker for his 'football' reaction. While there is no doubt that Dunbar's challenge was reckless, equally evident is that Sexton overreacted.
Maybe Dunbar shouldn't flip Sexton like that. But Sexton, please don't appeal and then hold your head after. #notfootballkid— Tom May (@TomMay1) March 19, 2016
Come on sexton we are not footballers.— Lewis Moody (@LewisMoody7) March 19, 2016
Poor from Sexton, appealing for it then going down holding his head like a footballer.— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) March 19, 2016
Sexton feigning injury - poor.— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) March 19, 2016
Time for sexton to appeal before deciding he had a sore head?— Chris Cusiter (@chriscusiter) March 19, 2016
Sometimes this game annoys me, penalty I could have lived with there but it’s not a yellow especially with Sexton’s play acting— mike tindall (@miketindall13) March 19, 2016
Sexton playing football? Complains and then suddenly got a sore head?— Ruaridh Jackson (@ruaridh_jackson) March 19, 2016