Saturday 23 February 2019

Breakdown ruling is wildly inconsistent

'Ireland have Kiwi Glen Jackson next up for the Italy game and the chances are he will let a lot more go.' (Stock photo)
'Ireland have Kiwi Glen Jackson next up for the Italy game and the chances are he will let a lot more go.' (Stock photo)

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For the second week in-a-row, Ireland had a French referee in charge of their game and for the second week running, they got little to no change at the breakdown.

Peter O'Mahony, Sean O'Brien and Bundee Aki were among the frustrated Irish players at Romain Poite's insistence that they not go after certain breakdowns.

Admittedly, on some occasions they were illegal (see Greig Laidlaw's old school second half 'shoeing' on O'Mahony and O'Brien) but there were several times when the attempted jackal looked perfectly within the rules.

Like Jerome Garces against England, his compatriot Poite saw things differently, which meant that what is normally an area of strength for Ireland was nullified.

Ireland have Kiwi Glen Jackson next up for the Italy game and the chances are he will let a lot more go, which begs the question; where is the consistency?

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