France captain called out for ultimate rugby sin


Wallabies star James O’Connor and coach Dave Rennie have accused France captain Anthony Jelonch of the last word rugby sin – football-style gamesmanship in what they seen as a profitable act to get Marika Koroibete despatched off in a gripping third Take a look at.

Rugby isn’t any stranger to baffling refereeing selections however Ben O’Keeffe reaching for a pink card after 5 minutes was genuinely jaw-dropping.

You feared Australia would soften, Cadbury-style, with out certainly one of their prime three gamers however as a substitute they one way or the other performed higher with simply 14 males.

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Injured playmaker O’Connor known as Jelonch out for overlaying his face and crumbling to the Suncorp Stadium turf after Koroibete rocked him along with his shoulder.

“It is fairly irritating,” O’Connor advised 9 and Stan Sport at halftime, with scores locked at 20-20 in one other outstanding Take a look at match.

“If you happen to’re taking part in within the spirit of rugby that is not one thing I assume you do.

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“To me it seemed like, blatantly, Jelonch’s been hit, he is dropped the ball after which he is reacted due to that.

“So fairly irritating nevertheless it’s virtually introduced us collectively slightly bit and we’re taking part in some quicker rugby which is nice.”

Younger free ahead Jelonch was captaining a second-string France for the primary time Down Beneath.

In commentary for 9 and Stan Sport, All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens pulled no punches and labelled the pink card an “absolute travesty.”

Talking after his first sequence win as Wallabies coach, Rennie described fellow Kiwi O’Keeffe as “a superb referee” however shared O’Connor’s disdain for Jelonch’s actions.

“There was a few conditions the place our guys received clocked within the head however they did not keep down,” Rennie mentioned.

“They simply stand up and get on with it.

“So possibly that is the distinction.”

Rennie praised the Wallabies for a “smarter” kicking sport and a “huge” defensive effort.

“We confirmed plenty of metal tonight.”

It meant Australia retained the Trophee des Bicentenaires and can take pleasure in a while to rejoice a gruelling, distinctive 11 day sequence earlier than reloading for the Bledisloe Cup opener at Eden Park on August 7.

“Actually pleasing,” Rennie mentioned.

“Superb character and we’ll develop from a fairly particular night time.”

Whereas Jelonch’s alleged dive will not win him many followers in Australia, Les Bleus’ total contribution to a memorable sequence cannot be overstated.

‘Strive from the tip of the world’

France endured resort quarantine whereas fulfilling their Take a look at commitments and performed some spectacular rugby with a severely depleted squad.

It underscored their claims to a possible first Rugby World Cup on residence soil in 2023.

“Every sport right down to the wire so due to France travelling all over the world this present day, it made for a fantastic competitors,” Wallabies captain Michael Hooper mentioned.

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