The sight of referee Romain Poite chasing after Johnny Sexton shouting “Please Johnny, don’t be scared” just isn’t one many anticipated to see forward of Eire’s fixture with Scotland on Sunday, however the world of rugby modified after Wales’ win over England in spherical three of the Guinness Six Nations.
The Eire captain clearly discovered a lesson from two weeks in the past and was decided his facet weren’t going to be caught out in the identical approach England have been in opposition to Wales.
With Eire main Scotland 24-17 inside the ultimate ten minutes at Murrayfield on Sunday, referee Romain Poite stopped time on 72 minutes with a purpose to discuss to the fly-half a couple of string of penalties his facet had dedicated.
“Do not be scared, Johnny.”
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Sexton, nevertheless, was lower than prepared to interact in a dialog with the Frenchman following Wales’ attempt in opposition to England in comparable circumstances the spherical earlier than.
In that occasion, England captain Owen Farrell was instructed to speak to his workforce by referee Pascal Gaüzère, just for the official to permit Dan Biggar to play a cross-field kick to Josh Adams a cut up second after placing play again on, whereas a lot of the England workforce have been nonetheless underneath the posts.
In worry of historical past repeating itself, Sexton was seen retreating to his line at Murrayfield barking orders at his teammates whereas Poite successfully chased after him shouting “Johnny, don’t be scared”. The referee then turned to the Scotland workforce to extinguish any hopes they might have had of pulling a quick one.
Sexton then was allowed to speak to his teammates worry-free. Scotland did certainly rating moments later, however that was within the extra standard type in opposition to 15 gamers.
The captain confirmed his nerve a couple of minutes later by touchdown the match-winning penalty to go away his facet in second place within the Six Nations desk for now.
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