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Wednesday 25 April 2018

WATCH - 'It's poor form' - Brian O'Driscoll criticises ref Nigel Owens for not knowing the name of Irish outhalf

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Brian O'Driscoll criticised renowned rugby referee Nigel Owens for asking Irish outhalf Gareth Steenson his name during the Champions Cup tie between Exeter Chiefs and Bordeaux-Begles yesterday at Sandy Park.

The Chiefs squandered a host of chances as they fell to a third consecutive defeat in the competition, which leaves them stuck at the bottom of Pool Five with only two points - 10 behind leaders Clermont.

Jack Maunder scored the Exeter try which Gareth Steenson converted. Baptiste Serin scored a try and a penalty for the French with Ireland's Ian Madigan kicking a conversion and Lionel Beauxis a late penalty.

There was a moment in the game when Steenson, a Tyrone native, was called in for a chat by Owens but before he issued his instructions, the referee had to ask the flyhalf for his name.

The incident did not impress Irish rugby legend O'Driscoll.

He told BT Sport: "We laugh at it but that is poor form. He's met him for the coin toss. He's probably even talked to him a few times over the course of the game. To not know the captain's name in the second half pulling him to one side to have a quiet word - he really should know that."

Owens clarified on Twitter that he only new the Chiefs skipper by his nickname 'Steeno'.

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