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Angus Gardner Heavily Criticised After Poor Decision Costs Italy Potential Scotland Win

Angus Gardner Heavily Criticised After Poor Decision Costs Italy Potential Scotland Win
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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Italy came agonisingly close to a famous Six Nations victory this afternoon, only for a questionable refereeing decision to cost them at the the death in their game against Scotland.

The Italians have won only one game in the competition in the last seven years, which came against Wales in the 2022 edition. They had not won at Murrayfield since 2015.

They probably should have done so today.

While Italy were largely outplayed over the course of the 80 minutes, they found themselves with an opportunity to win the game in the closing stages. Trailing by five points with a couple minutes to go, Kieran Crowley's side were launching a sustained attack on the Scottish line.

The home side did everything in their powers to stop the opposition crossing the line, often by illegal methods. Angus Gardner warned the Scots on a couple of occasions about being in offside positions, twice penalising them.

However, when the game came down a decisive moment, he failed to spot that an offside Scottish player had knocked the ball out an Italian hand. Instead of giving another penalty to Italy, he gave a scrum to the home team. They would go on to score a fourth try moments later.

Many felt that Italy were incredibly unfortunate.

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While there is no guarantee that Italy would have gone on to win the game, it seemed incredibly likely that they would find the try they needed considering the pressure they were putting on. In fact, this could have been deemed as a yellow card offence by the Scots considering the infringements they had committed in the couple of minutes leading up to that moment.

Speaking on RTÉ after the game, Stephen Ferris said that the Italians had a right to feel aggrieved about the call.

It's a referee as that, it's as simple as that. He had warned them twice, given a couple of penalties. You see Michele Lamaro straight at the referee lambasting his decision there.

I know it's a bit of a dead rubber game, but at the same time Italy had an opportunity to win the game. Scotland could have defended their line and went up the other end to score a try, who knows what would have happened?

But I think Kieran Crowley, the rest of the coaching staff, and the players on the pitch will feel aggrieved that the decision went against them in the final moments.

He wasn't the only one who felt that way.

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A number of those who watched the game took to social media to share their disbelief over the decision.

In fact, this wasn't the only decision they felt that Angus Gardner got wrong on the day.

They felt that he had been consistently harsh on Italy over the course of the 80 minutes.

Ultimately, the decision was made and Scotland came away with the win.

Despite some good performance in this year's tournament, Italy will end the 2023 Six Nations without a win and bottom of the table.

On another day, they certainly could have come away with a win in Murrayfield.

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