Published: 15:34 | 7/10/19

Townsend bemoans ‘incredible’ scrum call


Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend claims that Japan benefitted from an “incredible call” which enabled them to secure a bonus point against Samoa on Sunday.

The hosts ran in a crucial fourth try in stoppage time in their 38-19 win in Toyota after South African referee Jaco Peyper controversially penalised Samoa for a crooked feed to the scrum five metres from their own line.

The try means that japan now reuire just a losing bonus point from their final pool game against Scotland on Sunday to qualify for the quarter-finals (EXCLUSIVELY LIVE on eir sport 1 from 11.30am).

Townsend isn’t the only one to comment on Peyper’s call, with Samoan coach Steve Jackson also expressing his displeasure immediately after the game, claiming that Japan did exactly the same thing immediately afterwards and weren't penalised.

"I've never seen a crooked feed [penalised], certainly at the World Cup or in the Six Nations," Townsend said.

"I think it's an incredible call to be honest. It's something that has not been refereed and there's been an agreement that there is more latitude for scrum-halves putting the ball in because you are the team that's won the scrum.

"To see it in a World Cup really surprised me. To see it as we went into injury time for a game-changing decision was an even bigger surprise."

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