While few question his abilities, many have queried if his temperament could cost England, and his latest incident plays to those concerns.
The Harlequins prop was involved in a minor skirmish with French lock Arthur Iturria. Sinckler claimed that Iturria had struck him first, after which point he appeared to slap the lock’s head.
Referee Nigel Owens gave the prop a telling off, saying that Sinckler’s actions were not inline with ‘rugby values’ – but ultimately stopped short of issuing him with a yellow card.
Sir Clive Woodward criticised the decision not to card Sinckler in ITV’s post-match coverage, and the majority of Twitter chimed in with similiar critics of the 120kg tighthead, while some defended him.
— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) February 10, 2019
Great admirer of @Nigelrefowens but cannot understand why he didn't bin Kyle Sinckler for a gratuitous slap on Arthur Iturria's scrum-capped head. Ten minutes in the cooler would have taught @Harlequins prop all abut 'rugby's values.'
— Peter Jackson (@JackoRugby) February 10, 2019
English, and I agree. This performance wasn’t all it’s being cracked up to be. But take the 5 points. Sinckler a liability.
— Andrew Chambers (@AndrewChambers2) February 10, 2019
Shout out to @Nigelrefowens today, reffed the game fantastically and let it flow nicely. Loved the George and Sinckler telling off too, very nicely handled!
— Richard Seymour (@richardseymour1) February 10, 2019
Not something you’d ever hear from me. The way he treated the Sinckler incident included. As far as I’m concerned props should get back to punching lumps out of one another while the rest get on with the game. The French played props in their back line ?
— ?Ian Buckingham?? (@IanPBuckingham) February 10, 2019
Yes, Sinckler needs to cut that kind of silliness out of his game. Great player, but he just needs a bit more maturity about him.
— Ant Stansbie (@stansbie) February 10, 2019
How come the replays didn't show the French player taking a swipe at Sinckler first?#ENGvFRA
— Watsee (@watsee) February 10, 2019
Yeah definitely yellow for sinckler. After awarding penalty try then he had to send off the wing. Just think the ball bounced away from Ashton but the winger shouldn't have tackled him
— john badham (@johnbadham) February 10, 2019
What didn’t come out clearly on the coverage was that the French guy caught Sinckler in the face just before. Sinckler was hitting him on the head out of anger (still wrong) not sarcastically.
— Nigel J Walley (@WalleyVision) February 10, 2019
So we've just absolutely hammered the French and played some of our best rugby in years. yet ITV want to pick the arse out of the penalty try, the Farrell try and giving Sinckler a yellow. Lord give me fecking strength! ?????#ENGvFRA #GuinnessSixNations #LeCrunch #WearTheRose ?
— Lee Missons (@leemissons) February 10, 2019
@chjones9 should we be worried by Nigel Owens’ performance under no pressure in that second half? Sinckler not carded, Ashton clearly passed the ball and May clearly holding back Dupont’s arm for the second try of the half, these weren’t difficult decisions for him or the TMO
— Charlie McNeilage (@C_McNeilage) February 10, 2019
@EnglandRugby @SixNationsRugby if you re watch the incident between Sinckler and the scrum cap french player from the very beginning you will notice that the french player has Sincklers right ear in his has, no need for the ‘yellow card’ talk!!!
— ?Nikki Spalding? (@Blondie3108) February 10, 2019
Nigel Owens should be taken to all Brexit negotiations
— Alice Eggeling #FBPE (@aleggeling79) February 10, 2019
Jonny May scored a first-half hat-trick as England routed France 44-8 at Twickenham to maintain their perfect record in the 2019 Six Nations.
After overcoming reigning champions Ireland in their first game, Eddie Jones’ men produced a dominant display that was spearheaded by wing May’s treble inside the opening half an hour.
Henry Slade also went over prior to half-time, with a penalty try and Owen Farrell’s score coming after the break.
While England’s title credentials were strengthened with a second bonus-point win, which put them back top of the table, France saw theirs virtually extinguished nine days on from throwing away a 16-0 lead in a loss to Wales.
— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) February 10, 2019
For the fifth successive match England registered a try inside the first five minutes, May racing through to dot down following Elliot Daly’s measured kick in a move that would prove fruitful for Jones’ men in the first half.
And May completed his hat-trick as he again raced onto a kick, this time delivered by Chris Ashton once Parra misjudged a high ball.
Penaud was being targeted defensively but he did score France’s only try after Yoann Huget had shaken off three would-be tacklers.
Yet England entered the interval with a 30-8 lead as Slade scored their fourth try on the stroke of half-time, with Danny Care’s grubber kick turning the French defence once more.
That advantage was increased to 36 points by the hour mark as England’s kicking game continued to expose French frailties.
Jones’ side were awarded a 49th-minute penalty try when Gael Fickou was yellow carded for hauling down Ashton before he looked to collect Slade’s kick through, while Farrell got in on the act after following in his kick when Antoine Dupont nudged the ball away from a diving May.
— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 10, 2019
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