Sunday 20 January 2019

Aggrieved Blackadder fuming over 'a few wayward decisions'

Last weekend's defeat at the Rec was a double blow to Bath and their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions Cup. Stock image
Last weekend's defeat at the Rec was a double blow to Bath and their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions Cup. Stock image

Ryan Corry

Last weekend's defeat at the Rec was a double blow to Bath and their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions Cup.

As well as falling further behind the top two in the pool, they've also lost promising young winger Joe Cokanasiga to injury.

His late withdrawal from the game was initially hope to be a minor injury but it now looks like the recently-capped England international will be out until the new year. He joins other high-profile players such as Anthony Watson, Rhys Priestland, Jonathan Joseph and Taulupe Faletau. Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder felt slightly aggrieved with the officials after last weekend, in particular an inaudible "advantage over" call. He felt his side were still under the impression that they had a free play to run prior to Jordan Larmour's crucial try.

"I think the players thought it was still advantage and that's why they threw it. There was a similar situation where a ball got knocked on, they kicked it to us and went back for the advantage.

"That's the way it rolled. I thought there were a few decisions out there that were a bit wayward."

Irish Independent

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