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Wales 13 England 6

Big call: Pascal Gauzere gave controversial try the okay
Big call: Pascal Gauzere gave controversial try the okay

By Duncan Bech

Eddie Jones believes Pascal Gauzere should be shown a yellow card for allowing George North's try in England's World Cup warm-up defeat by Wales on Saturday even though the French referee acted within the laws of the game.

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Gauzere let Dan Biggar take a quick tap penalty that led to North claiming the crucial score as Warren Gatland's men avenged their defeat at Twickenham six days earlier through a 13-6 victory in Cardiff.

England were expecting Gauzere to wait for the sin-binned Anthony Watson to leave the pitch as punishment for a deliberate knock-on before allowing Wales to restart play.

However, there is no law requiring the referee to pause the game until the carded player is off the field.

When asked if Gauzere should have waited for that to happen, England head coach Jones replied: "I think we all thought that was the law, so maybe the yellow card should have gone to the referee.

"It is what it is. We had to cope with whatever he decided was right. And if he wants a variation of the law, we've got to be good enough to cope with it.

"It happened, we had to cope with it, didn't cope with it, and they scored their winning try. So be it."

Jones also resumed an attack on World Rugby that began incoherently at Twickenham last Sunday when he turned on referee Mathieu Raynal, then exonerated him, before criticising a red card for dangerous play shown to New Zealand 24 hours earlier.

The Australian was part of a panel that in 2016 advised World Rugby what measures should be taken as part of a zero-tolerance policy to reckless and accidental head contact.

"You're not allowed to comment on referees. World Rugby are like Big Brother, they have facial recognition everywhere, you say one word and you're in trouble," he said.

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