{
    "title": "Wales coach blasts 'terrible' TMO",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Warren-Gatland-EishLook-180210-Ge-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>\r\nWales coach Warren Gatland said a \"terrible mistake\" by the television match official had cost his side the chance of an upset victory over England at Twickenham on Saturday.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nEngland edged a gripping Six Nations arm-wrestle 12-6 on a raw afternoon but things could have been different had Wales fullback Gareth Anscombe's try been allowed to stand before the interval.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nAfter two Jonny May tries had given England a 12-0 lead Anscombe appeared to have marginally won a race to touch down a loose ball over the England line with Jonathan Joseph.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nHowever TMO official Glenn Newman deemed otherwise, instructing French referee Jerome Garces to rule it out.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nNewman said Joseph had got their first and that Anscombe had failed to exert enough downward pressure on the bouncing ball.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nGatland, whose side have now won only one of their last six away games in the tournament, was left mystified by the call.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"It looked like a try to me, everyone else I have spoken to who has seen it said it looked like a clear try,\" he told reporters. \"To me that's disappointing that they got that decision wrong at such a pivotal moment in the game.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"They flew a guy over to do a TMO and he has one big call to make and he unfortunately made a terrible mistake.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"I just struggle on the wording. He said that England got their first and there was no clear downward pressure. I saw that completely different. I thought Gareth got there first and there was clearly downward pressure.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"It's human error. But in front of 82&nbsp;000 people when there's a lot at stake these guys have to get these decisions right. That looked a clearcut one to me.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nDespite Wales clawing their way back into contention with a valiant second-half display after England's fast start, captain Alun Wyn Jones said it had been too little too late.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"We showed positive character and were in the ascendancy in the second half,\" he said.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nEngland coach Eddie Jones preferred to steer clear of the controversy, heaping praise on his side who have now won 15 consecutive home games in the Six Nations.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"I don't know why people say we're lucky with the refereeing decision. The TMO has all the time in the world to make his decision and I never get involved in what is decided,\" he said.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"He made a decision and you get on with it.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\"It was a win built around a lot of courage, a lot belief in the team. We had a short turnaround. We knew we had to play a certain way to beat Wales today and the execution was outstanding. The effort in defence was first class.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nHolders England slipped behind Ireland at the top of the table on points difference but remained on course for an unprecedented third successive Six Nations title.<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Wales coach Warren Gatland said a \"terrible mistake\" by the TMO had cost his side the chance of an upset victory over England.",
    "date": "2018-02-10T23:29:37",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "Reuters",
    "img_credit": "Warren Gatland \u00a9 Getty Images",
    "category": "Six Nations",
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