Wales have been told by World Rugby that Gareth Anscombe’s disallowed try in the defeat by England last Saturday should have been given, even though the controversial decision was referred to the television match official [TMO], assistant coach Rob Howley has revealed.
Head coach Warren Gatland was furious with the decision, and after the match he claimed that the TMO had “made a terrible mistake” in claiming that Anscombe had not grounded the ball for a try in the 24th minute of the match. Anscombe looked to have beaten England wing Anthony Watson to the loose ball and touched it down with his left hand, only for referee Jerome Garces to refer the decision to TMO Glenn Newman.
After reviewing two replays of the incident, Newman decided that there was not enough evidence to award a try, with the game restarting with an English 22m drop-out.
Speaking on Tuesday, Howley said that Gatland has spoken with Alain Rolland, the former international referee who now acts as World Rugby’s high performance 15s match officials’ manager, and he has told the Wales coach that the try should have been given.
“I know Warren Gatland spoke to Alain Rolland, and they confirmed that the TMO made a mistake,” he said.
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When asked about Howley’s claim, a World Rugby spokesman said: “World Rugby has clarified to the Wales team management as part of the usual review process with teams that the TMO made an error in the application of law during the England versus Wales match at Twickenham. In accordance with law 21.1 b Wales should have been awarded a try as the Wales player grounded the ball”
At the time of the TMO review, Wales were losing 12-0 and still had a penalty advantage that they took to reduce the lead to nine points as Rhys Patchell landed a successful kick at goal. But Gatland was adamant afterwards that even though the additional four points that would have come with a converted…