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Myler: I've learnt from my mistake

Stephen Myler insists he has learned a painful lesson after the gaffe in the Aviva Premiership final which led, indirectly, to Northampton captain Dylan Hartley being sent off.

When Myler kicked a 22 drop-out straight into touch he thought referee Wayne Barnes would blow the whistle for half-time but instead he awarded Leicester a scrum. The ball had to bounce into touch. When Barnes subsequently penalised the Northampton set piece for a sixth time in the first 40 minutes, Hartley was sent off for swearing at the official and calling him a cheat.

"There would be something wrong if we hadn't thought 'what if?' because we wanted to win the Premiership final," Myler said.

"You have to get the right balance between learning the lessons of what happened and going forward to doing something positive the next time you pull on a shirt. Individual errors are going to happen. We are human but if we can learn we can continue to do positive things in the future.

"We have a chance to do something positive for England now and that is our focus."

Myler and five of his Saints colleagues have a chance to move on from that heartache on Sunday when they start for England against a South American XV in Montevideo.

If the same situation arises at Charrua Stadium in the Uruguayan capital on Sunday, Myler is now quite clear where he stands, which was not the case on the day.

"(If the same scenario occurs tomorrow) I certainly won't be doing what happened," Myler said.

"There was a massive confusion in interpretation from our point of view, through speaking to the referee, about what we could and could not do.

"In another situation in the past I have kicked it out on the full from the half-way line and the game ended. That is what we had in our heads and why we were in a state of shock."

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