It has emerged that Wales prop Gethin Jenkins asked not to return to the Twickenham pitch after being yellow-carded, as he felt that referee Romain Poite was singling him out unfairly for criticism.
Warren Gatland would have sent Jenkins back on but said: “Gethin sent a message up to us after the yellow card: was it prudent for us to send Paul James on because he felt that personally he had been singled out.”
Jenkins was warned twice by Poite before being sin-binned in the 53rd minute for not driving straight. He was also sin-binned in the previous round against France, and it is his third scrum-related sin-binning in Wales’ last eight matches.
“I thought the scrum was a pretty evenly-matched contest,” said Wales forwards’ coach Robin McBryde. “Obviously, I’m going to disagree with some of the interpretations of the referee but I didn’t think the difference was so glaring that it warranted a yellow card. We’re on dangerous ground when the result of a game can lie on the interpretation of the scrum.
“There’s a reporting process in place and I’ll be speaking to Joel [Jutge, the IRB elite official manager] with regards to clarification on a few things.”
What do you think? Was Poite right to send Jenkins off at Twickenham?
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