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Nigel Owens feels the wrath of Scotland after failure to red card Rob Kearney

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Question marks have been raised around Nigel Owens’ performance in the PRO14 Final after he controversially decided to issue a yellow card to Rob Kearney.


Leinster ran out 18 – 15 victors at Celtic Park in Glasgow, but the game was not without controversy – not least the yellow card awarded to Kearney in the 65th minute.

The Leinster fullback hit opposite number Stuart Hogg in the air, who appeared to land dangerously following the collision. After review, Owens decided a yellow was sufficient.

Many believe on Twitter that Kearney’s challenge warranted a game-changing red card, including former England flyhalf and RugbyPass columnist Andy Goode.

Goode tweeted: “How’s this not a red card for Rob Kearney? Hogg lands on his head yet Nigel Owens only gives a yellow?”


Among the many fans to unleash on referee Nigel Owens was Scottish MP Gavin Newlands who labeled the decision a ‘shocker’, with others describing it as ‘terrible’, ‘dreadful’ and a ‘disgrace’.


Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie suggested early signs were that Hogg was badly concussed.

“Hoggy went off for a HIA.

“He was ruled out immediately. He had a loss of vision and felt he was going to spew. So the match doctor and our doctor ruled him out immediately. He was ruled out before he even got to the sideline.

“I think if we had played better we might have seen him bow out in a better manner. The disappointing thing from our point of view is that we could have played a lot better because we only lost by three.

“We’re disappointed and disappointed for Hoggy.”

Rennie questioned the consistency of decisions regarding aerial contests, which seemed to be different every game.

“These decisions seem different every time you see a game. I guess the telling thing from that was that we lost Hoggy from that incident.

“The officials saw it as a yellow. We’ll have to live with that and no doubt there will be more debate about it.


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