Monday 22 October 2018

Brunel calls for review of All Black tackle

Referee Luke Pearce sent French lock Paul Gabrillagues (right) to the bin with the match still in the balance. Photo: Reuters
Referee Luke Pearce sent French lock Paul Gabrillagues (right) to the bin with the match still in the balance. Photo: Reuters

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France coach Jacques Brunel was left with a sour taste in his mouth following their 52-11 loss to New Zealand.

Referee Luke Pearce sent French lock Paul Gabrillagues to the bin with the match still in the balance before wing Remy Grosso was hospitalised after a heavy challenge by Sam Cane and Ofa Tu'ungafasi.

The All Black pair escaped any further sanction as Pearce deemed it just a penalty.

"The injury of Grosso is quite serious," an unhappy Brunel said. "I think the way that he was done by the All Blacks pair was quite serious. It would be good if this situation is reviewed."

Elsewhere, tries from George North and James Davies helped Wales to a 23-10 victory over Argentina in San Juan.

Davies' try was his first for his country as the openside continues to impress boss Warren Gatland.

"It was the perfect match for him and he got on the ball. He was outstanding and we are very lucky at the moment. I've got a little bit of a headache," Gatland commented.

"We could play in a sevens series with all these loose forwards and they'd be champions of the world.

"It's nice to be in this position and it's great for everyone to feel like they're not guaranteed selection because there are people really biting at their heels."

In Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, George Turner picked up a hat-trick as Scotland ran out 48-10 winners over Canada.

Lewis Carmichael made a scoring debut from the bench for Scotland, going over the try-line late on.

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