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Scotland coach refuses to make excuses

By Simon Dilger.   Last Updated: 26/10/08 4:44pm

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Coach Steve McCormack has hit out at referee Leon Williamson's decision to allow John Wilson's controversial try for France to stand during Scotland's 18-36 defeat on Sunday.

"Duncan was knocked out, and France actually scored a try from that. Even the French players were calling for the referee to stop the game."
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Wilson scored after the Kiwi official allowed play to continue when Duncan MacGillivray was knocked out in a collision during the first half of their World Cup opener in Canberra.

With MacGillivray receiving attention on the pitch, the Catalans centre crossed after three further tackles, leaving McCormack feeling aggrieved that play had not been stopped.

"It was disappointing," he said. "When somebody is lying on the floor like that with trainers and physios around them, we generally stop the game for serious injuries.

"Duncan was knocked out, and France actually scored a try from that. Even the French players were calling for the referee to stop the game."


Despite the incident however, McCormack still refused to use that and a number of other unfortunate refereeing decisions as an excuse for his side's defeat.

"It was disappointing," he added. "But we had a long time to get that score back afterwards and we didn't."

Video referee Phil Cooley disallowed two marginal tries by MacGillivray and John Duffy. But McCormack said his men were to blame after they allowed the game to slip away.

He said: ""There were a few things that we want to look at again, but you have to react to those things as well.

"We didn't quite do that. There were a couple of decisions that may have favoured us a little more than they did do, but we certainly won't use that as an excuse.

"We had our chance at the back end of the game to get some good field position when there was six points in it. We didn't do that, and only had ourselves to blame for that."


John Monie compared France's performance to England's somewhat spluttering start to their World Cup campaign and insisted that his side would improve as the competition progressed.

"It's one down, one to go," said the French coach ahead of Saturday's clash with Fiji.

"We trained so much better than we played in the first half, and we were a little bit like England against the Papuans in that it wasn't as good as we'd like.

"Scotland were very strong and played well. Our stats guy just told me that they had just one handling error in the second half, so we had to do something right to get some points in the second half.

"But as the game wore on I was particularly pleased with how we hung in there."

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