Wales up in arms over Jamie Robert’s ‘bizarre’ Six Nations man-of-the-match snub
Debutant CJ Stander was handed the accolade as the standout player in a gripping Six Nations encounter, but Welsh fans and media alike were baffled by the decision.
Ireland and Wales were left to ponder missed opportunities as a 16-16 draw had both sets of fans on the edge of their seats, with Jonathan Sexton’s booming penalty the final score in a pulsating game.
RTE co-commentator handed Munster flanker Stander the man-of-the-match award for an outstanding ball carrying display coupled with his role in Ireland’s defensive line.
Stander’s 23 carries was the most of the opening weekend of the championship, but many Welsh observers felt centre Jamie Roberts was harshly overlooked by our national broadcaster.
“It was one of the great defensive performances from a Wales international as Jamie Roberts put his body on the line in quite spectacular fashion in Dublin,” Wales Online wrote.
“Roberts completed a monstrous 21 tackles as he chopped down wave after wave of Irish attacking play in a brutal Six Nations contest.
@Jamiehuwroberts awesome performance today you were my man of the match back to your hard hitting best— Cerith Jones (@taffys_treasure) February 7, 2016
@Jamiehuwroberts not sure how you did not get MOM but awesome performance!— Sally Palmer (@Salthewelshgirl) February 7, 2016
“Cue a surge of confused, and sometimes amusing, reaction on social media as to how the Welshman was overlooked.”
Welsh fans on social media were quick to display their annoyance with the “home-town” decision.