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Friday 26 December 2014

Six Nations: Robinson raging about sin-binning and Heaslip’s try

Ireland's Eoin Reddan scores a try
Ireland's Eoin Reddan scores a try
Ireland's Jonathon Sexton celebrates winning the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield
Scotland fans Anstead 23 and Liam Tracey 20 before the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
A Scotland fan shows his support during the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Ireland's Eoin Reddan scores a try
Scotland 18 Ireland 21
Scotland and Ireland fans before the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Ireland and Scotland fans hold flags before the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Sean O'Brien of Ireland is tackled by Kelly Brown of Scotland during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Paul O'Connell of Ireland is tackled by Richie Gray of Scotland during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Young Scottish fan is seen outside the stadium before the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Young Scottish fan is seen outside the stadium before the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Eoin Reddan celebrates his try with Paul O'Connell and Cian Healy
Ronan O'Gara converts Ireland's second try
Ronan O'Gara kicks a penalty
Ireland's Eoin Reddan supported by Paul O'Connell
Ireland's Ronan O'Gara celebrates his try
Ireland's Ronan O'Gara runs in for a try
Ireland's Eoin Reddan celebrates his try with Paul O'Connell and Cian Healy
Ireland's Eoin Reddan celebrates his try
Sean O'Brien of Ireland is tackled by Kelly Brown of Scotland during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield
Scotland 18 Ireland 21
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Irish fans are seen outside the stadium before the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on February 27, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Ireland's Tommy Bowe is tackled by Scotland's Kelly Brown during the RBS 6 Nations match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Ireland's David wallace tackled by Ruaridh Jackson of Scotland
Ireland's Sean O'Brien tackled by Ross Ford of Scotland
Ireland's Sean O'Brien hands off Kelly Brown of Scotland
Ireland's Ronan O'Gara celebrates his try
Ireland's Jonathan Sexton kicks the ball out to win the match
Scotland 18 Ireland 21
Ireland's Paul O'Connell is tackled by Sean Lamont of Scotland
Scotland 18 Ireland 21
Ronan O'Gara
Ireland's Cian Healy tackled by Kelly Brown of Scotland

Scotland coach Andy Robinson last night questioned some of referee Nigel Owens’ decisions following yesterday’s 21-18 RBS Six Nations defeat to Ireland at Murrayfield.

Robinson queried why, having conceded only four penalties all afternoon, Scotland had a player — loosehead Allan Jacobsen — sin-binned, while Ireland, who gave away a total of 13, escaped similar punishment. “There’s a number of issues. Firstly, the high Irish penalty count and no sin-bins and their ability to slow the ball down, illegally,” he said.

“Secondly, I thought the scrums just after half-time, when we’ve got the Irish going backwards and there’s a penalty against us and then in the next scrum our prop is sin-binned, were a major turning point of the game,” Robinson said.

“We were just about to get on top of the Irish and to lose a player like that is pretty hard to come back from.”

The Scottish coach also suggested that the legality of one of Ireland’s three tries was dubious.

“Ross Ford gives a pass — some might call it a tip-on pass — to the supporting runner. I felt it got knocked down by an Irish hand and the referee says ‘play on’. And ‘play on’ ends up in our half, we turn a line-out over, suddenly we’re defending on our line — seven points scored,” was Robinson’s view of Jamie Heaslip’s fifth minute opener.

Admitting that it is his intention to speak to the match referee about those crucial decisions Robinson added: “It’s probably best that I don’t at the moment. I will try and see him. He’s made those calls and I want to know why.

“It certainly had an effect on the game, I think it’s fair to say.”

Asked what he had to say to the referee as the players left the pitch at half-time, Robinson revealed: “What I asked him was if there were any issues with our team? He said ‘no’.”

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