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'Robbed' - Fans furious as Angus Gardner non-call saves Scotland

By Ian Cameron
Referee Angus Gardner speaks to the players during the Guinness Six Nations match at BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday March 18, 2023. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)

A lot of neutrals have questioned referee Angus Gardner and his decision not to call off-side against Scotland in the dying moments of their 26-14 Six Nations win over Italy at Murrayfield.


With the score at 19-14 to the hosts but with Italy camped on the Scottish line, Gardner’s TMO called for a knock-on against Italy, a call which infuriated captain Michele Lamaro and many neutrals watching online.

Despite Gardner twice penalising and warning Scotland for offside at the ruck, he instead deferred to his officials of a knock-on instead of penalising the Scots for a third time.

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A few phases later Scotland broke up the pitch thanks to winger Duhan van der Merwe, who put Blair Kinghorn away on his inside to seal the win for the home side.

Twitter was furious with many Irish fans in particular taking exception to the non-call by the Australian referee.


Scotland will likely finish the Six Nations in third as a result of the win Gregor Townsend will no doubt be breathing a sigh of relief.


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1 Comment
Willie 456 days ago

I find the standard of NZ and Aust referees to be disturbingly poor.
Gardner is the best of a bad bunch.
O'Keefe, Berry, Murphy and Doleman should not be allowed near a whistle.
Hopefully there are some promising referees in the next level down.

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