Heineken Cup Pool 2: Townsend unhappy with decisions

Last Updated: 14/12/13 8:07am

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Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend was frustrated with the officials' decision-making during a crucial 10-minute spell of pressure in his side's 9-7 Heineken Cup defeat by Cardiff.

Townsend felt his side should have had two tries awarded by the referee through Niko Matawalu plus a penalty try when Cardiff skipper Sam Hobbs was sin-binned by French referee Pascal Gauzere for the third scrum offence in quick succession.

The loss means the Scots are propping up the Pool 2 table.

"I have to say the try that Niko scored was a clear try in my book," he said. "If you're clearing a ruck and someone hits and goes through that hole, then it's a try. I must be coaching something different, I don't know those laws.

"And to have penalty after penalty from scrum and from them to kick through the ball at the scrum, illegally I believe, and not to get a penalty try for that was very frustrating and disappointing.

"The effort to put into that and score what we believe were two tries and get nothing was tough."

But Cardiff director of rugby Phil Davies felt his side's defending merited the points which put them top of Pool Two following their second win over Glasgow in eight days.

"Glasgow showed a lot of tenacity to try to get over the line and we showed a similar amount to try to stop them," he said.

"It's the referee's call and that's the way the game goes. But I thought overall our determination deserved to get a result.

"They got a bit of ascendancy there but we sorted certain things out over the course of the game.

"It was a great result, it wasn't pretty. They were pretty greasy conditions but we were very dogged and determined without the ball and ambitious with the ball considering the conditions."

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