IEngland and Argentina have received numerous criticisms after an unusual move and the consequent waste of time which helped both teams progress through their World Rugby Sevens men’s pool in Toulouse.
The English player Will Homer crossed the try line, but did not deposit the ball on the field of play and he waited nearly two minutes to do so, to the astonishment of rugby fans. Only when one of the Argentine rivals approached, a team that was playing with one less, did Homer leave the ball and it was possible to continue.
Argentina won the match 19-7 and the result meant that both teams advanced at Canada’s expense on points difference.
“Unique. Strange. Controversial,” World Rugby Sevens said on social media. “Time seems to have stopped in Toulouse, as England deliberately delay scoring the try that takes them to the quarter-finals, and Argentina, down to six men and also through, let them go.”
Former referee Nigel Owens said this action was “against the spirit of the game. When I was refereeing on tour, we told the player to ground the ball in this situation. I’m surprised the referee didn’t tell him too.”